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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I was disappointed in this book. I like Lucille Ball; I remember when she was accused of being "red" probably in 1952-53. She was a great comedienne. If only this book were as great as she. There is ... Read full review

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Although 14 years have passed since Lucille Ball's death-and 52 since the debut of I Love Lucy-the public's fascination with the redheaded star and her show has not waned. Kanfer (Groucho: The Life ... Read full review

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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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