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

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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 superstararguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucys genius and places it in the context of her conflicted and sometimes bitter personal life. Ball of Firegives 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 Lucys fans have been waiting for.
Product Details

Author: Stefan Kanfer

Language: English


Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Vintage

Release Date: 2004-11-09

Pages: 384

ISBN: 037572771X

ISBN13: 9780375727719