Meet the Mertzes

The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple

Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg

Renaissance Books

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Meet the Mertzes is an expansive dual biography chronicling the lives of two of America's most popular situation-comedy actors, William Frawley and Vivian Vance, who portrayed Fred and Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy. This meticulously researched book contains interviews with Frawley's and Vance's colleagues, friends, and relatives, and explores their personal and professional lives before, during, and after I Love Lucy. With a complete filmography and videography of each, Meet the Mertzes finally sets the record straight on the lives and legacies of these compelling stars who detested one another.

You'll learn about:

-Vance's successful Broadway career prior to I Love Lucy
-Frawley's vaudevillian roots and his passion for baseball
-Vance's nervous breakdown after the collapse of her first marriage
-Frawley's drinking and carousing
-Lucille Ball's caustic relationship with both of her costars
-Vance's hatred of being known to the world as Ethel Mertz

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"She's one of the finest gals to come out of Kansas, but I often wish she'd go back there." --William Frawley on Vivian Vance

"I loathed William Frawley and the feeling was mutual. Whenever I received a new script, I raced through it, praying that there wouldn't be a scene where we had to be in bed together." --Vivian Vance on William Frawley

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Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg

Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg authored Angela Lansbury and The John Travolta Scrapbook. Edelman wrote Baseball on the Web and Great Baseball Films. He is also a contributing editor to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide annual and Movie Encyclopedia, and is a freelance writer. Kupferberg is a film archivist, consultant, and researcher. They reside in Amersterdam, New York.

Rob Edelman
Audrey Kupferberg

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Meet the Mertzes
The Life Stories of I Love Lucy's Other Couple
Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Renaissance Books
September 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781580630955
ISBN10: 1580630952
6 x 9 inches, 272 pages, Includes 25 black-and-white photographs and an index
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Renaissance Books
August 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466850460
ISBN10: 1466850469
272 pages, Includes 25 black-and-white photographs and an index
$7.99
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