East Of Eden
(Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in "I Love Lucy", via Google Images)
I just finished the Audible version of "Lucy and Desi: The Legendary Love Story of Television's Most Famous Couple" (a great listen, even for casual fans of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz). One part that stuck out was Lucy's turn to the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale as "I Love Lucy" became a megahit in the early 1950s.
According to the book, although Lucy had been in acting in Hollywood films since the 1930s, she was never a big star. Relegated to mostly B-films, she enjoyed pretty steady work, but never became a household name. That is until "I Love Lucy" aired and was a ratings smash on the nascent CBS television network. Ball began doubting her sudden...
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