After eight years on the air, Desi Arnaz did not love Lucy any more. On screen, they were dynamite, a comedy pairing more successful than any Hollywood had ever produced. But when the cameras stopped rolling, they fought, screamed and threatened each other more each season. Finally, an argument in Desi's production office turned violent. Lucy hurled a cocktail glass past his head, and Desi demanded a divorce. He moved out that night. After nearly 20 years, America's favorite couple was finished.
When they first got married, no one in Hollywood thought it would last six months. Lucille Ball's acting career was on the skids, and Arnaz was just another Cuban bandleader. But together, their irresistible chemistry produced one of the greatest television empires of all time, and a love story as passionate as it was explosive.
©1991 Warren G. Harris (P)2016 Graymalkin Media, LLC
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By Colin on 17-03-17

A Fascinating Couple...

As a child of the 60s I was aware of 'I Love Lucy' on the black-and-white TV, but never actually got the chance to watch it. This title describes the very long, hard slog that both Lucy and Desi faced as they tried to 'make it' in the cut-throat world of post-war Hollywood. Time and again Lucy thinks she is close to her dream only to be let down. A weaker person would've given up and gone back to the farm long ago, but Lucy and Desi were made of stronger stuff.

I also had no idea of the ground-breaking technical breakthroughs the couple were responsible for, being the pioneers of multi-camera live shoots which enabled them to film the live broadcast and then sell the show around the world, ensuring healthy repeat business. One of the first TV shows to do this, they then used the subsequent returns to buy their own studio and not be under the thumb of a studio boss.

A wonderful book about an extraordinary and driven couple. Highly recommended.

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By iris on 13-01-17

loved it!!!

As a huge I love Lucy fan , I learned a lot of both Lucille Ball's and Desi Arnaz lives that I would never imagine. I will always be a Lucille Ball fan 😘

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5 out of 5 stars
By Juan Carrillo on 17-03-17

Have always loved Lucy

What made the experience of listening to Lucy and Desi the most enjoyable?

I have always been a huge fan of the show and they in someways remind me of my parents. So I love learning about there history there ups and downs and how they made life work for them selfs. I love learning about the show and the fact that back then work was work u didn't need to like one another but u needed to make it work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy hands down

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

Lucy and I loved learning more about Vivian

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh ye many times I could feel there pain as well as there love

Any additional comments?

There is such a rich history with this iconic couple and I feel even after all these years we will never know the true depths of there connection what they truly met to one another.

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