Author: Lucille Ball
Started: May 1, 2021
Finished: May 2, 2021
I Love Lucy is a show that everyone has seen at least one episode of and many have a favorite episode (the candy factory episode is mine) yet not many of us know Lucy's backstory. After her passing in 1989, her children were going through her belongings they discovered that her attorney had twenty recorded tapes where Lucy told her life story.
Lucy tells of growing up in Jamestown, New York until a family member offered to send her to drama school and that changed the course of her life. Lucy details her time as a background actress, becoming a leading lady, and of course, meeting Desi. While Lucy does not get into detail about Desi's affair, she does explain that the point of no return was when he could not keep his temper in check. Despite divorcing, Lucy and Desi remained the closest and friends and the best parents their children could have asked for.
As a huge Lucy fan, I have been wanting to read this for a very long time. I found her story to be interesting and informative. My favorite parts were finding out friends from her childhood ended up as characters on I Love Lucy - including the friend who originally tinted her hair red. All in all, I loved this book...almost as much as I Love Lucy.