Harper Paperbacks, 9780688135140, 384pp.
Publication Date: May 31, 1994
The true, behind-the-scenes story of television's happiest couple, andHollywood's most tumultuous marriage.
Fifty years ago the magical union of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz enthralled American audiences who couldn't got enough of the fiery redhead or her sexy Cuban husband. But off camera the situation couldn't have been less comic, with backstage battles, oversized egos, drinking, philandering, and the demands of phenomenal success undermining what was once a storybook romance.
With exclusive access to family members (including daughter Lucie Arnaz) and rare photographs, Desilu is the first candid, inside account of a celebrated, complex, passionate, but ultimately tragic relationship -- as well as a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Desilu Studios, the Golden Age of Television's most powerful production empire.
Praise For Desilu…
Filled with juicy details, quotes, backstage insights, rare photos . . . The best bio about America’s red-topped funny lady ever”
-Beverly Hills (213)
“Well researched and toughly sympathetic”
-The Boston Globe
“Lively and informative ... A thoughtful, candid look at one of the world’s most loved, most watched comedy teams --
-The Houston Post
“Provide[s] fresh insights into the performers’ personalities . . . Fans of the Lucy show will find Desilu fascinating.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“A page-turner of the first order ... Desilu is good, gritty, fair but strong and bottom line -- a gripper.”
-The Hollwood Reporter