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Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (with "I LOVE LUCY's Lost Scenes" and rare Lucille Ball audio) (English Edition)

Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (with "I LOVE LUCY's Lost Scenes" and rare Lucille Ball audio) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jess Oppenheimer , Gregg Oppenheimer
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Laughs indeed as Jess Oppenheimer charts his rise from radio station gofer to inventor of the sitcom, as he winds up writing--then producing--Lucille Ball's show, first on radio, then on television. Luck, too, as the author recounts the good fortune that has him, within minutes of arrival in Hollywood, sitting down at a lunch counter and getting a tip that secures a job within days and a career for life. Ironic, too, that this inveterate TV writer had to be cajoled for years to set down these Hollywood heyday memoirs. He never finished, and it was left to son Gregg to complete the book. All this, plus a reproduced Lucy script, and a CD-ROM filled with famous sketches!


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, and scores of rare photos, three never-before-published scripts (including the only "I Love Lucy" script that Lucy or Desi ever refused to perform), plus links to web-based audio 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."

The 2nd Kindle Edition (2012) now contains the full script of Gregg Oppenheimer's humorous play, "I Love Lucy: The Untold Story", broadcast nationwide on SiriusXM Radio on Lucille Ball's 100th birthday in 2011.

All royalties from this edition benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7072 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 275 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0815605846
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Gregg Oppenheimer; Auflage: 2nd Kindle Edition (5. Mai 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002R5B1UO
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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"Laughs, Luck...and Lucy" is written by Jess Oppenheimer andhis son, Gregg Oppenheimer. Jess Oppenheimer worked formany of the legends of old time radio, including Fanny Brice, Fred Astaire, and Edgar Bergan and Charlie McCarthy. This book tells of Mr. Oppenheimer's career in writing radio scripts, and specifically deals with his writing for Lucille Ball. He wrote first for her when she performed in "My Favorite Husband," and then he tells about his creation of "I Love Lucy," the television series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Mr. Oppenheimer not only created the idea for the series, he was also the head writer and producer of the program. Because of his unique inside perspective, Mr. Oppenheimer is able to provide information about Lucy and Desi that no one else could. There are a few things that make this book absolutely unique... Several appendices are included in the book which are very interesting. The first appendix shows an actual script (complete with hand-written changes) that was used during the production of "My Favorite Husband." But, what makes this book fascinating is the fact that a 65-minute audio CD is included, composed of twelve different tracks. The first track is a recording of the presentation of the script for "My Favorite Husband" included in Appendix A of the book. Another real plus for this book is the number of photographs that are included. The photos provide another dimension to this richly-composed book. This book is not only informative, it is very entertaining! Anyone who has ever seen an episode of "I Love Lucy" will want to own this book. It now occupies a prominent place in our family library. "Laughs, Luck...and Lucy" will be read and re-read many times in our home.
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Jess Oppenheimer was part of TV's greatest revolution. He not only created the most popular TV show "I Love Lucy", he also contributed a whole lot to the television industry (including his patented inventions). Oppenheimer had many inside stories about "I Love Lucy", and the many stars he had worked with. If you love Lucy, you won't want to miss the book that was written by the creator of the show. The book is also filled with things that happened to Oppenheimer's fascinating life. So whether you love Lucy or not, you'll find this book very interesting to read. The book is great, fascinating, and yes, FUNNY. I highly recommend this book to all of you
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5.0 von 5 Sternen " Jess & Gregg Oppenheimer, The Great Ones" 5. März 2000
This book was written by two great men, Jess & Gregg Oppenheimer. I mean Jess was,"the man behind the Ball."Jess knows all the facts. I mean he was the brains behind it all. And when you complete this book you will know exactly what I'm talking about. He was a true genius.Jess & Gregg will lead you deep into a dynasty. This was not a one woman show. Before reading this book I thought Lucille Ball created "I Love Lucy." Now I know the facts. Please if you are a true Lucy & Desi fan,get a hold of this one! But get prepared for alot of hard core facts on the most famous couple in history! Christy Hunter
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Von Ein Kunde
I Love Lucy - Behind the Scenes is a fabulous look back at the career and antics of one of t.v. and radios funniest ladies. With all of the demoralizing venues on the "boob-tube" today, it is refreshng to recall a time-gone-by when good clean fun could still be funny. Jess and Gregg Oppenheimer have compiled a wonderful memory book of everyone's favorite comidianne. The reader - Larry Dobkin who as I understand it, was a guest actor on several I Love Lucy episodes, delivers this story with the warmth and humor it so deserves. I give this audiobook 5 stars!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hopping with Oppy 12. Februar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
If you're into the behind the scences of what made Hollywood tick in the 30s, 40s & 50s, this is a tremendous book. From radio to TV, Oppenheimer was involved with it all, and told of the expertise it took to produce a show. I loved the technical jargon, since I've worked in broadcasting most of my career. And I loved the Lucy tidbits, but wished they had been more about specific episodes of "I Love Lucy." However, it was a good book about not only Lucy, but another pioneer in TV--Jess Oppenheimer!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the best book on the best television show 8. Februar 2000
Von Laura
I've read many books about Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy, and other members of the cast. I have to say, they've all bored me except for this one, and I'm a diehard "I Love Lucy" fan. It starts off as an autobiography of Jess Openheimer, but ends up explaining in great detail the wonderful show he produced. You'll learn a lot about Lucille Ball, other cast members, and the making of the series. It's a great book for real I Love Lucy fans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Oppenheimer is a genius! 19. Juli 1999
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This is one of the best books I have ever read, definitely worth your money. Not only does Oppenheimer talk about working on I Love Lucy, but he talks about his truly interesting life before Lucy. It's an endless line of funny stories while taking the reader through a history of the early radio and television days. I never wanted this book to end!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super Danny 3. Februar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Great for laughs and more. Now I remember the old sitcom from my youth when we staid up to listen to the old Shows.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Book
Laughs...Luck..and Lucy is a great book! An excellent edition to the I Love Lucy fan's collection! Delightful to read and to learn about the old days of radio, and the insight on... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2000 von "dreamstar"
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great fun!
Mr. Oppenheimer's memoirs are hilarious--you can understand the sitcom even better when you realize this man was the head writer. The accompaning c.d. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must have for a Lucille Ball fan.
Everything you have ever wanted to know about our favorite show, "I Love Lucy." This book covers all aspects of Lucy. A must have for Lucy fan's
Am 26. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
This is a fantastic book! It tells the story of Jess Oppenheimer's life before, as well as during I Love Lucy. I thoroughly enjoyed it
Am 12. August 1997 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen This book shows a lot of hard work!
This was an excellent, well written book. You can really see the hard work Gregg did in completing this book. I recommend it to every Lucy fan. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 12. August 1997 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Among the Best Lucy Books Ever!
This is one of the best Lucille Ball and "I Love Lucy" books I've ever read. It's at least up there with "Love, Lucy" (Lucille Ball's autobiography) if not... Lesen Sie weiter...
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