"I Loved Lucy:
My Friendship with Lucille Ball"
by Lee Tannen
Lee loved Lucy -- and still does!
Lee Tannen, a distant relative of Lucy's second husband, Gary Morton, was one of Lucille Ball's best friends during the last decade of her life. He lived in New York City, she in Beverly Hills, and they were nearly 40 years apart in age -- but family visits and special events brought them together -- and the resulting friendship was magical.
"I Loved Lucy" is a rich portrait of the real Lucille Ball, revealing how she differed from her zany screen persona and yet in many ways also matched it precisely. Lucy was warm and funny, yet autocratic and mercurial, an intimate confidante and a generous companion.
Tannen's adventures with the world's most famous redhead ranged from gala tributes in New York to intimate "just family" ski weekends in Snowmass, Colorado; from a night at the White House to long afternoons spent playing backgammon and reminiscing about Desi in her Beverly Hills and Palm Springs homes. (Photo, right, was taken at State Department Dinner for 1986 Kennedy Center Honorees. Gary sat to Lucy's right, Lee to her left.)
"I Loved Lucy," which will be hitting the bookstores just in time for I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Celebration this fall, is a true and real portrait of one of America's biggest and most adored stars.
Already the reviews are raves:"Bravo!" says Lucy's daughter, Lucie Arnaz. "What a wonderful 'look through the key-hole' at this very unique and complicated woman. I don't know how you were able to capture her quite so accurately... It had me in tears. Good tears."
"Lee, it's the best thing written about Lucy," says Lucy's longtime personal secretary, Wanda Clark. "And do you know why? You were there and you cared. It's written with warmth, humor and love. I couldn't put it down!"
For more on Lee, click to PAGE TWO.
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