Lucille Ball – The Plot Thickens

Welcome Back! I am excited to tell you about a podcast series that I listened to with huge enthusiasm.

I enjoy reading biographies a great deal but it turns out that when the biography is narrated by Ben Mankiewicz (The host of “The Plot Thickens”)THEN I zip through the episodes much as I binge occasionally on an excellent K-drama on Netflix.

You can link up to the podcast here and listen or I use Google Podcasts.

The crew behind Ben must be awesome researchers as each episode of Season Three of “The Plot Thickens” was like a slice of hot apple pie and I devoured each one. I may listen to the whole series again because it was so interesting.

I can totally understand why Lucille Ball was chosen for the focus for an entire season. Lucille started from poverty in Jamestown USA and she failed in her chosen career more than once but never gave up, eventually moving from the Queen of B Movies to the Queen of television.

The podcasts tell her history, her heartbreaks, and much about the behind the scenes happenings of show business life.

I loved how the podcast included live recordings of Lucille, Desi, and their daughter. It also included recordings from others who witnessed their lives up-close.

Lucille went from almost starving on the streets of New York to running a studio and possibly being the reason why Star Trek and Mission Impossible are the legends they are today.

Lucille Ball’s big break began on RKO studios and she eventually bought the studio – but that comes later in the series and I hope you check one or two episodes out yourself using one of the link above.


I love this quote;

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged.

Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself.

Lucille Ball


If you think you knew her story before, listen and learn a little bit more. –

Best wishes – David

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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15 Responses to Lucille Ball – The Plot Thickens

  1. pamkirst2014 says:

    Love this, David, and I’m going to check out the blog. I’m originally from Chautauqua County in New York State—our oldest lives in Jamestown, which Luci claimed as her hometown. There’s a wonderful museum there and a park with an “ugly Luci” statue, and a beautiful Luci statue, too…she’s an indelible part of the lore of that area.


  2. This sounds fascinating of course I grew up with I Love Lucy! I’ll check it out. Thanks for the intriguing review and share! 💕C


  3. Wynne Leon says:

    Sounds fascinating! I’ve subscribed and can’t wait to listen to my first episode.


    • dfolstad58 says:

      I think you will like it. There are tons of podcasts out there but only a few that really do it well and this is one of them. Ben has a interesting voice, the research and the live recordings, the interviews. All excellent. Best wishes to you Wynne. – David


  4. Her story sounds fascinating, Dave. Thanks for letting us know about the podcast.


  5. lghiggins says:

    I did not care for the docudrama on Lucille Ball pushed recently. I don’t think I made it through the first 20 minutes. This podcast sounds a lot better. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. HI David,
    This podcast sounds amazing. I will add it to my list. Lucy was one of a kind, and such a treasure to the TV archives.


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