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By Lee Tannen
St. Martin’s Press, 239 pages, Pub. Oct, 2001

Lucille Ball. The name is instantly recognizable to people of all ages. The undisputed “Queen of Television” in the 1950’s she continued to illuminate the small screen through the mid ’80s. As a film actress Lucille Ball’s career spanned five decades from 1933’s ROMAN SCANDALS through MAME in 1974.

Lee Tannen’s memoir deals with the last ten years of this legend’s life. It was a period when Ball was, for the most part, out of the public’s eye, and deals with her inevitable descent from career peaks. Most fans want to know in some way what their idols are really like. We want to know the most trivial things even if we won’t admit it. What did she like and not like to eat?

What did she watch on TV? How was her house decorated? How did she spend her days? Who did she pal around with? What was her opinion of Taylor & Burton? Tracy & Hepburn? Shirley MacLaine? Carol Burnett? How did she really feel about Desi? What type of mother was she? Tannen reveals all, from the mundane to the profound, with a fascinating stream of anecdotes and recollections in this affectionate yet by no means sugar-coated memoir. The book has the ring of truth. Ball, as well as the author, is presented warts and all, although his obvious love for Lucy is very evident.

With her many films and television series including the legendary I LOVE LUCY, which celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary this year, you can see Lucille Ball on television every day of the week in almost every country in the world. She is still a legend and this witty, well written and illuminating biography is a must read for all TV and movie lovers as well as Lucy’s fans.

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