• by Kathleen Brady
  • Narrated by C. M. Hébert
  • 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- James Gordon

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.

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- Angel Ocasio

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.