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BOOKS: "I Loved Lucy" (by Lee Tannen)

The following was e-mailed on 10/14/01:

From Louis Guili:

I just purchased and read the new book by Lee Tannen. It presented Lucille Ball as a colorful human being with both positive and negative qualities, but did not really reveal any more than we already knew.

I noticed two factual mistakes: When Mr. Tannen decribes the Kennedy Center Honors, he incorrectly states that Lucy wore the black, sequined gown at the dinner when she received the award and the burgundy gown to the Kennedy Center telecast. However, it was just the opposite. Also, with regard to her Oscar Show appearance, he says that he helped Lucy learn the names of nominees but Lucy did not actually present an award. She and Bob Hope introduced the "Oscar Winners Of Tomorrow" production number.

Finally, I thought his statement that "Lucy died because she did not want to live anymore" was too melodramatic. Her passing was very quick and sudden. He should have suggested that perhaps Lucy would have had much difficulty living in a highly limited physical capacity, but the way he stated it was a bit too much.

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