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by Coyne Steven Sanders


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Lucille Ball and Gary Morton were married 58 years ago today, on No. Desilu President Lucille Ball presiding over the company's Aug. 20, 1963, annual stockholders meeting.

Lucille Ball and Gary Morton were married 58 years ago today, on Nov. 19, 1961. Her brother Fred is at far left. Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. 15 October 2019 ·. Today marks the 68th anniversary of the premiere of I Love Lucy on CBS-TV, Oct. 15, 1951. 13 October 2019 ·. Lucille Ball in a reflective moment, March 1971.

The magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created I Love Lucy-the greatest, most enduring situation comedy . This book is wonderful. You'll see Lucy and Desi like you've never seen them before. You see their triumphs, flaws, and love for each other.

The magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created I Love Lucy-the greatest, most enduring situation comedy in television history. Lucille Ball was a very driven woman and at times, her career seemed to matter more than anything else. She was a perfectionist who needed to be in control of everything.

Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company called Desilu Productions, originally to market I. .Sanders, Coyne Steven, and Thomas W. Gilbert.

Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company called Desilu Productions, originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. After I Love Lucy ended, Arnaz went on to produce several other television series, at first with Desilu Productions, and later independently, including The Ann Sothern Show and The Untouchables. He was also renowned for leading his Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra.

The first dual biography of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball focuses on the star-crossed marriage that sired one of the most powerful production empires in television history but ended in disintegration. 75,000 first printing.

By Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert

By Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert.

Although the tumultuous Arnaz-Ball marriage finally broke up in l960, the partners . Production: By Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert.

Although the tumultuous Arnaz-Ball marriage finally broke up in l960, the partners were aware of their professional interdependence and tried for nearly three years to continue running Desilu together. His career faded, and the authors say Lucy’s various post-Desi shows, while popular, suffered from the absence of Arnaz’s guiding hand. Production: By Coyne Steven Sanders and Tom Gilbert; William Morrow & C. 384 pages; $ 23. Leave a Reply.

Written by. Coyne S. Sanders. MY FAVOURITE BOOKS (298 items) list by classic movie buff. Manufacturer: William Morrow Release date: 31 May 1994 ISBN-10 : 0688135145 ISBN-13: 9780688135140.

The first dual biography of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball focuses on the star-crossed marriage that sired one of the most powerful production empires in television history but ended in disintegration. 75,000 first printing. $65,000 ad/promo.

Comments: (7)

Juce
Having grown up with "I Love Lucy" from the time it came out until now, I thought this book was so interesting and gave us an insight into the true lives of two people showing us the good, the bad and the ugly. I found it thoroughly enchanting that they remained in love until the very end of their lives even though they were with other spouses. What a great comedy team they were and each had their own unique talents. I think this is why people today still love the "I Love Lucy" comedies. Thank goodness they were preserved so generations can see one of television's greatest series. The talent of each of the stars along with Vivian Vance and William Frawley were one of the finest ensembles in television history! Really worth a read if you are a "Lucy" fan. Having met Mr. Arnaz when I was 17, I found him to be a very charming person even though he could be a real cad.
Inth
Anyone who loves the Ricardos will love this book! It's sad Lucy and Desi couldn't make it work in their personal lives; and it's sad about the deep animosity between "Fred and Ethel"! But you could NEVER tell it by watching this beloved piece of American History! I watch their shows every, single day! So does my daughter and 10 year old grandson (who absolutely LOVES the show!) Now... THAT speaks generational volumes!
Mavivasa
Don't even remember how many times I watched I Love Lucy. Lucille and Desi are the legendary couple. Too bad their marriage didn't last til the end and both of them remarried but they both still love each other. This book give me tears.
Renthadral
Great look behind the power couple. A must read for fans and for tv historians alike.
Jothris
Such an amazing read! Every Lucy fan should get a copy! Great photos in the book as well. She is such a beautiful and inspiring woman!
Marilore
This book is just fascinating! A look at two people that were so in love but just couldn't make it work. Tells you ALL about Lucy and Desi from the start of their romance, the years of I Love Lucy and after. If you wanted to know what these icons were really like, this is the book for you. The low price for which I purchased this book was well worth it and it arrived in very good condition. Funny, but when It came it had a $2.50 price tag on the bacsomeone got an even better deal than I did!
Magis
I read this book more as a fan of 50's tv and the historic aspects than as a big Lucy fan. To be honest, I like the old Lucy show, especially the one-hour concept at the end, but have never been a super big Lucy fan.

From that POV I did enjoy the book. The author gave us considerable insight into the relationship between Desi and Lucy over the years and how that effected their public and private lives. Since Desi ran the business operations knowing a bit about the personal life helped figure out some of the various moves he made over the years. I'm not an expert on Lucy lore, but I would imagine the author covered her life in great detail here, and Desi as well.

What I enjoyed most about the book was how the author filled in the background on various decisions Desi made while running Desilu. Since what he did had a great deal to do with our early TV history it's a kin to being there at the begining. Much of what we now know as network TV has its roots in Desi Arnaz running Desilu.

Desilu started life as a production company formed in 1950 and rocketed Ball and Arnaz to great success in the business to being sold and merged into Paramont in 1967 and eventually ending up as Desilu Too LLC, which exists to capture proceeds from I Love Lucy residuals, products and projects today. For example, the Lucy Museum in Jamestown, NY is a joint venture between Desilu Too LLC thru Lucie and Desi IV and local businessmen. The Center hasn't been doing well as of late and was rumored to be losing money. Some key managers were fired or replaced and a Gift Shop closed. Some locals are concerned the operation may be closing down soon. However, the Center has enjoyed a small rebound since and has redirected its focus to promoting comedy and young performers, often hosting comedy shows at its Desilu Playhouse facility. Desilu Too also does business with a marketing firm that specializes in departed celebs, like Elvis, etc. It controls use of Ball and Arnaz image but not the 'Lucy' shows, all of which are owned by CBS Distribution at this time (2014).

On the weak side I think the book comes up short detailing why Arnaz sold his share of Desilu (in 1962 to Lucy for $3,000,000). Although it prepares some detail on Desilu operations after the Ball/Arnaz 1960 divorce it leaves out much of the reasoning behind the 1962 buyout. I was curious why Arnaz wanted to sell and what terms he and Lucy had agreed to. All we get is the standard 'Lucy bought Desi's share of Desilu for xxx'. It could have provided more detail of any interaction between the two owners at that time, or any discussions. Arnaz had wanted out of the company since 1956 or 1957 so it's an interesting point as to why he went out when he did. The book does basically the same when Ball sold Desilu in 1967. Suddenly, the subject comes up without any real backround or history as it follows Ball to Miami where she is forced to make a decision on the sale. Again, the book gives no details and background on the negotiations with Paramount's owner Gulf & Western. That would have added to why Ball sold out. It does detail the program side of Desilu at the time and its efforts to convince the major networks to buy programs they produced and owned. For years 'The Lucy Show' was the only one Desilu owned with most of its cash flow coming from studio rentals to other programs (like Andy Griffith, Gomer Pyle, etc). Desilu eventually sold three programs; Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and later Mannix. Further research showed that Desilu needed something on the air and turned to the shows at the last minute implying the move was designed to improve it's position for potential buyers. Lucy wasn't involved in development of any shows and, unlike Arnaz who actively worked in pilot development, maintained considerable distance from day to day operations. One review at the time said adding the shows increased the value of Desilu by up to $7,000,000. Ball made over $12,000,000 on the sale.

The book follows Arnaz and Ball after Desilu and details their new production companies. It spends considerable time on Ball's second husband, Gary Morton and his role in her life and business affairs. Finally, the book ends with their deaths, Arnaz in 1986 and Ball in 1989.

Overall a good book. And, I'm sure, not the last on the subject. It has been updated at least twice (2001 & 2011). Lucie Arnaz, their daughter, contributes a lot to the book with special insights about her parents home lives. The content she provides more than makes up for what could have been a direct lack of objectivity from her protecting her parents image.

Finally, I find myself rooting for Arnaz. I felt sad the way he turned out. Lucie gave a quote which sums his life up when she noted that, at some point, Arnaz came to realize it was all over, that I Love Lucy was it and that his career in show business was finished. His son noted that his dad should have 'had a house and a boat and stayed in Cuba' where he could have lived the life he was best suited for. It was clear that the pressures of running Desilu and his addictions led to his leaving Desilu, ruined his marriage and eventually led to his early death. Without him Ball would have never become the major icon she did under his direction. You could say that he gave his life for show business and building Lucy into a major tv star and Desilu into the industry leader in tv's early days. Arnaz just never gets enough credit but nearly all the blame in the history of Desilu.
A very good read and it got here fast
Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz download epub
Performing Arts
Author: Coyne Steven Sanders
ISBN: 068811217X
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (February 1, 1993)
Pages: 384 pages