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Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball | [Kathleen Brady]

Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball

In 20 years of show business, Lucille Ball had only modest and sporadic success. Her TV program, I Love Lucy, was her last chance to fulfill the ambition that had sustained her through the frustrations of her professional life and the anguish of a failing marriage. The role of Lucy Ricardo revealed her true gifts, but it changed her life immeasurably. This definitive portrait of Lucille Ball is based on the recollections of fellow performers, her closest friends and family, and Lucille herself.
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Publisher's Summary

In 20 years of show business, Lucille Ball had only modest and sporadic success. Her television program, I Love Lucy, was her last chance to fulfill the ambition that had sustained her through the frustrations of her professional life and the anguish of a failing marriage. The role of Lucy Ricardo revealed her true gifts, but it changed her life immeasurably, and the remarkable individual who was Lucille Ball became slowly obscured in the shadows of Lucy.

This definitive portrait of Lucille Ball is based on the recollections of fellow performers, including Milton Berle, Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, and Katherine Hepburn; her closest friends and family; and Lucille herself. From her childhood, when her virtual abandonment instilled in her a relentless drive for love and attention, through her struggling years in Hollywood and her troubled relationship with Desi Arnaz, Brady vividly recounts the story of this passionate and vulnerable woman.

Love Lucy? Search our list of classic radio shows featuring Lucille Ball.

©1994 Kathleen Brady; (P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"While Brady is a fan, she is also a fine biographer. Her admiration is both clear-eyed and penetrating. With insight and impressive detail, Brady goes beyond Ball's most famous creation, Lucy Ricardo, to expose the complex, determined woman." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    James Gordon New York, NY 10-24-07
    James Gordon New York, NY 10-24-07 Member Since 2004
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    "A So-So Look at Lucy"

    While you'll learn nothing new in this well-crafted look at a TV icon and entire era, if you're a fan of Lucy, Desi and all the rest, you'll smile nostalgically at the facts you've known for a long, long time. Worth a listen if for nothing more than a friendly walk down memory lane.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Ocasio VANCOUVER, WA, US 11-14-12
    Angel Ocasio VANCOUVER, WA, US 11-14-12
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    "I Love Lucy...evenmore"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It gave me an insight to who Lucille Ball was and her challeges and comedic genius.


    What other book might you compare Lucille to and why?

    The Life and Time of Charlie Chaplin.


    What about C. M. Hébert’s performance did you like?

    She was okay. It took me a while to get use to her sleepy style voice. But, the more I got into the book, the more I got into the story and not her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It was nice to listen while I went for a run each day. It gave me something to look forward to instead of running


    Any additional comments?

    You need more books on comedian biography. I just downloaded an Abbott and Costello book, and was disappointed that it wasn't a story, but instead, it was their radio show, which I'm enjoying. But, I prefer a story. There are so many great comedians, like Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Laurel and Hardy, Fanny Brice, Mabel Normand (which in the Chaplin book, it was covered a little). Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-08-13
    Matthew HOUSTON, TX, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Who doesn't love Lucy? The author, maybe?..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucille to be better than the print version?

    Audio as it can be used on the go. I prefer to curl up with a good audio device.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's only one...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the insight on the rarely discussed business side of Desilu. Both Lucy and Desi were shrewd managers of their empire.


    Any additional comments?

    As others have written, Lucy's children do not come across in the best light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rexel Henderson, NV, United States 03-17-10
    Rexel Henderson, NV, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Again, prep work and pronunciation issues"

    Not even for my love of Lucy can I overlook yet another ill-prepared reading of a book. Helen Brady, the performer for "Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball" may be able to roll her R's for "arroz con pollo" but "cringingly" mispronounces general accepted names such as Garson Kanin as "Garson Cannon". Pantages, rather than with the expected emphasis on the second syllable, has the emphasis on the first, requiring the listener to rewind or playback to make sure they heard it correctly.

    Are there editorial/performance meetings before such recordings? At least with the author performing their own work you know that however they pronounce something it is uniquely them. When a hired performer reads another's work, listeners who purchase/license work have some expectation of more than a soothing, modulated voice. We want accurate phrasing and pronunciation.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pampa, Texas, United States 08-27-12
    Karen Pampa, Texas, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Quite detailed"

    The book is very well researched out. Dates, places and people are all organized in chronological order and presented in a halfway interesting manner. It impressed me the detail the author had gone to. Was kind of surprised at some of the language used in it, and some of the other things she did that are quite against my own personal religious beliefs. Still, if you want to know about the life of Lucille Ball Arnaz, this isn't a bad book to listen to.

    Since I grew up watching her shows, I was curious.

    For me, it seems difficult to find "decent" books to listen to. My first and favorite so far is "Gone with the Wind".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
    Nancy Middletown, MD, USA 03-23-10
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    "Thorough study with perfect narrator."

    I really enjoyed this book. She was a real person, very strong really who was surprisingly unhappy. Not miserable, just unhappy. She got totally ripped off but what was dealt to her and one can only wonder what might have happened had her husband been a real husband.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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