Ball of Fire The latest of many biographies of Lucy can't help but cover some well-trod ground: the star's small-town childhood, the marriage to boozing womanizer Desi Arnaz,… 2003-08-12 Biography Nonfiction Knopf
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Ball Of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille (2003)

Details Release Date: Aug 12, 2003; Writer: Stefan Kanfer; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Knopf

The latest of many biographies of Lucy can't help but cover some well-trod ground: the star's small-town childhood, the marriage to boozing womanizer Desi Arnaz, the rewriting of TV-sitcom rules with I Love Lucy, the building of the Desilu empire, the long sad fade. And though his cool reportorial tone may not capture the passion of Ball's troubled, often turbulent life, Kanfer (Groucho) unearths enough fresh anecdotes to make it seem almost new again. Who knew it was at Ball's insistence that a show called Star Trek got produced?

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints