Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (Includes CD) [With Audio Excerpts from I Love Lucy and Radio Sh (Television and Popular Culture) (Paperback)

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Jess Oppenheimer, the man Lucille Ball called the "brains" of I Love Lucy, gives us a rare first-hand look at television history as it was being made. A rich entertainment resource, Laughs, Luck . . . and Lucy features a hilarious memoir, more than fifty rare photos, three never-before-published scripts (including the only I Love Lucy script that Lucy or Desi ever refused to perform), and CD of Lucy's classic radio comedy performances, unheard for more than 40 years Oppenheimer's book, written with his son, Gregg, is not only a reliable record of how I Love Lucy was conceived an executed, but also a humorous insider's account of the broadcasting industry's development from the wild early days of radio to television's "golden age.

About the Author


Jess Oppenheimer (1913-1988), creator, producer, and head writer of I Love Lucy, had an extensive broadcast career that began in radio's "golden age." His association with Lucille Ball began in 1948, when he signed on as head writer, producer and director of her radio series, My Favorite Husband. When CBS made a deal with the legendary redhead, Lucy made it a condition that Oppenheimer be in charge of the venture. He remained as producer and head writer of I Love Lucy for five of its six seasons, writing the pilot and 153 episodes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780815605843
ISBN-10: 0815605846
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 1999
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Television and Popular Culture