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The Plot Thickens

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For our third season, we're bringing you the iconic Lucy. How did a small-town girl who was told she had no talent become the funniest, most recognizable woman in America? From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.


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Ben Mankiewicz speaks to three celebrity fans about how they were influenced by Lucille Ball, Lucy’s incredible talent for physical comedy, and why I Love Lucy is still beloved today. See for privacy information.

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Ben Mankiewicz speaks to Aaron Sorkin, the writer-director of Being the Ricardos, about what drew him to Lucy’s story, Lucy and Desi’s intense relationship, and the danger they faced when HUAC thought Lucy was a communist. See more

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4.6 out of 5 stars from 4.4k ratings
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    I couldn't LOVE this podcast more!

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    United States3 months ago
  • Thoroughly Entertaining

    Season 3: Being born in the mid 1950s, I grew up with ‘I Love Lucy’ and appreciated learning more about Lucy & Desi’s background and details of all those within their orbit. Excellent research and narration.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
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    I loved this season. Thank you. more

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    United States3 months ago
  • One of the best podcasts ever

    So good I wish they could make a new one every day!

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