Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille BallUser Review - Ron - Goodreads
To any child of the forties or fifties, the main character of this book needs no introduction. Perhaps the level of talent behind the persona does, however. I suspect that the author does about as ... Read full review
Review: Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille BallUser Review - Jen - Goodreads
This was a different book to read.....I think we all have a picture of Lucille Ball in our heads, & that picture is of Lucy Ricardo. We forget that she wasn't Lucy. It was a little difficult to digest the books tales of an insecure, tough, & headstrong woman. Read full review