She Was The Queen Of Comedy...He Was The King Of Hearts...
Together They Made Millions Laugh
Sometimes a television show is more than mere entertainment; it becomes an integral part of popular culture. In October 1951, Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, burst into living rooms across America with a brilliant and utterly charming creation, forever changing the face of comedy. The show was called I Love Lucy, and love her we certainly did. That love affair has lasted for more than half a century; in fact, it’s safe to say that somewhere in the world, an episode of I Love Lucy is even now making viewers laugh.
Here is a Lucy fan’s dream come true—an intensely personal and revealing look at the comedy classic, told through words and hundreds of original photographs of the cast and crew taken both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. You’ll find the irrepressible Lucille Ball and handsome and dashing Desi Arnaz, at work and at play, along with a richly detailed episode guide and enthralling insider accounts of how the show broke new technical ground, marking the first use of a three-camera shoot in front of a live audience. With an introduction by Lucie Arnaz and a wealth of information about Lucy and Desi’s lives—before and after the show—this is the ultimate collector’s scrapbook.
You’ll love what’s inside:
- Incredible color and black-and-white photographs—classic moments from the show and backstage
- Plot summaries of all 179 episodes of I Love Lucy and the 13 Lucy/Desi Comedy Hours
- In-depth profiles of 35 classic Lucy episodes
- Individual chapters covering the show season-by-season
- Detailed information on supporting cast members
- And so much more!
“A definitive array of images that cumulatively confirms Lucy’s unsurpassed agility and grace.”
“The most complete picture history of the shows and its stars; a lavish production indeed.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Lucy brought more laughs to the world than any person ever to appear on television. Michael McClay captures, in photos and words, the comic genius of this great lady.”
Michael McClay virtually grew up on the Desilu Studios lot, where his father was the production company’s publicity director for 22 years. In fact, Michael followed in his father’s footsteps and himself became a publicist for Desilu; he has spent more than 20 years in marketing, public relations, and advertising. He lives in California.