Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
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As a movie actress Lucille Ball was, in her own words, “queen of the B-pluses.” But on the small screen she was a superstar–arguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucy’s genius and places it in the context of her conflicted and sometimes bitter personal life.

Ball of Fire gives us Lucy in all her contradictions. Here is the beauty who became a master of knock-down slapstick; the control freak whose comic alter ego thrived on chaos, the worshipful TV housewife whose real marriage ended in public disaster. Here, too, is an intimate view of the dawn of television and of the America that embraced it. Charming, informative, touching. and laugh-out-loud funny, this is the book Lucy’s fans have been waiting for.

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Review: Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

TV comedy mostly irritates the hell out of me, with a few notable exceptions, one in particular being Lucille Ball. She had that distinct something. I only needed look at her to be triggered into fits ... Read full review

Review: Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball

User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

I like biographies a lot, and somehow I found this one a bit bland. I can't put my finger on why it felt this way. Perhaps it was the lack of actual subject quotes, as there are very few actual ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Stefan Kanfer's books include The Eighth Sin, A Summer World, The Last Empire, Serious Business, and Groucho. He was a writer and editor at Time for more than twenty years. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and recipient of numerous writing awards, Kanfer is currently in the Distinguished Writer program at Southampton College, Long Island University. He lives in New York and Cape Cod.

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