Desi Arnaz
American musician
Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer. While he gained international renown for leading a Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, he is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American TV series I Love Lucy, starring with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time. He is generally credited as the inventor of the rerun.
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Exhibition looks at Latino impact on pop music - San Francisco Chronicle
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Featured are some of music's biggest legends, such as salsa queen Celia Cruz, singer-songwriter Selena, bandleader and actor Desi Arnaz, "Mambo King" Perez Prado and Tito Puente, known as "the king of the timbales." The city by the bay's exhibit
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COTD: Automan saves the night edition - Jalopnik
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That show: Automan, which went on to puzzle millions of Americans in 1980 with its cut-rate special effects and Lamborghini Countach that could make 90-degree turns, throwing Desi Arnaz Jr.'s mug all over the window. This toadstool of entertainment has
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Reader Request: Desi Arnaz and the Original “Cuban Pete: - The Moderate Voice
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I got an email asking about Desi Arnaz and whether he did the original Cuban Pete. Yes I've done posts on it. So I am reposting the links — more timely than ever due to all the tributes to Lucille Ball on what would have been her 100th anniversary
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There's a Reason We Loved Lucy - MediaPost Publications
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There's no question that she, Desi Arnaz, and "I Love Lucy"'s talented producers, writers, and technicians changed television's landscape for the better. We will always feel the residual waves of their combined genius -- from implementing the first
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World Series, Cruisin' Highlight Coming Week - Jamestown Post Journal
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I was thanking the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz board of directors. I listed each board member but did forget one and I wanted to make sure we recognized that board member in addition to the others. The board member I did not mention was Mike Latone
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The Leftist Roots of Lucille Ball Lucy the Red - CounterPunch
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Best known for her popular 1950s television series I Love Lucy--where she shared top billing with her Cuban-born husband Desi Arnaz--she was a fixture on the small screen for two decades. She had one of the longest careers in Hollywood,
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Latino Characters In Comedy: Are We Ready To Laugh At Ourselves? - Huffington Post
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In the fifties, Desi Arnaz played up his Latino identity in "I Love Lucy", portraying the loveable Cuban band conductor, Ricky Ricardo. In the sixties, actor Bill Dana of Hungarian-Jewish descent portrayed the dim-witted Jose Jimenez on "The Ed
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The Woman Behind Lucy's Laughs
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HAD you met her casually with no clue as to her identity, you would never associate Madelyn Pugh Davis with the outlandish behavior and outrageous situations personified by Lucille Ball in her madcap heyday. Yet the quietly elegant, soft-spoken Davis, who died in April at 90, was the sole female writer for ''I Love Lucy.'' And its star, whose 100th
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What's On Today
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9 P.M. (Starz) HOW DO YOU KNOW (2010) Reese Witherspoon taps into her intimidating side to play Lisa, a 31-year-old softball star whose world-class aspirations have been dealt a huge blow. Owen Wilson, above with Ms. Witherspoon, is Matty, the major-league pitcher whose spell she falls under, and who thinks he may be ready to give commitment a try.
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Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center a must for fans - Chicago Sun-Times
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Lucille Ball fans have The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center. While the center never was Ball's home, it is the mecca for all things “I Love Lucy” and the powerhouse couple that made the show a reality. Located in Jamestown, NY, Ball's hometown on the ... - -
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Monster Mash: Prince William, Kate stop by Inner-City Arts; reservations start ... - Los Angeles Times
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(New York) Beloved stars: A museum dedicated to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in upstate New York is drawing fans of all ages. (Los Angeles Times) Passing: French choreographer Roland Petit has died at 87. (New York Times) Also in the LA Times: Music
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Youth dip, dive in new pool at Palm Springs Boys & Girls Club - The Desert Sun
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The 75-by-25-foot indoor heated pool, originally built in 1958 from money raised during a party hosted by Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Dean Martin and Danny Thomas, closed in 2006 for repairs. “The only thing still in good condition in the pool was the
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Lucie Arnaz to perform in benefit for Norwalk Land Trust - Norwalk Plus Magazine
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The daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz is an extraordinary performer. This groundbreaking concert performance-oriented fund-raiser, An Evening With Lucie Arnaz, is planned to be a real treat for Norwalk and the surrounding areas and
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Celoron To Host Karaoke Event - Jamestown Post Journal
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19, at 6:30 pm in the Desi Arnaz Bandshell in Lucille Ball Memorial Park. For those who wish to qualify for the finals, pre-registration, although not required, is recommended. Registration forms are available at the Celoron Village Hall, 21 Boulevard
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We Love Lucie - Shore News Today
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Arnaz is the daughter of TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, stars of the classic 50s sitcom, “I Love Lucy.” Finnegan reports that Arnaz is “a charming lady who signed autographs, posed for pictures with everyone and enjoyed talking about her
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Jamestown, NY Honors the Legacy of Laughter and Lucille Ball with a Hometown ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
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Preliminary festivities begin July 30th when, in collaboration with the Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz Center, the local radio station, Media One Radio Group, will throw a Hometown Wedding. Fifty invited guests will attend the wedding and reception in the
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What Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz could tell gay couples - Reuters Blogs (blog)
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New York is about to become the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriage, doing so by decision of its legislature, not judicial fiat. Gay marriage is gaining in social acceptance. Two generations ago, interracial marriage was viewed as scandalous,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Desi Arnaz
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 68
    He died several months later on December 2, 1986, at the age of 69.
    More Details Hide Details Lucille Ball telephoned him two days before he died. Arnaz was cremated and his ashes scattered. His death came just five days before Lucille Ball received the Kennedy Center Honors. He was survived by his children and his mother, Dolores, who died on October 24, 1988, at the age of 92. Desi Arnaz has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to motion pictures and one at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard for television. In 1956, Arnaz won a Golden Globe for Best TV Show, which he shared with his then-wife and co-star/co-producer Lucille Ball. The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center museum is in Jamestown, New York, and the Desi Arnaz Bandshell in the Lucille Ball Memorial Park is in Celoron, New York.
    Arnaz was a regular smoker for much of his life and often smoked cigarettes on the set, as well as on-camera in I Love Lucy. He smoked Cuban cigars into his sixties. Arnaz was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    To promote his autobiography, A Book, on February 21, 1976, Arnaz served as a guest host on Saturday Night Live, with his son, Desi, Jr., also appearing.
    More Details Hide Details The program contained spoofs of I Love Lucy and The Untouchables. The spoofs of I Love Lucy were supposed to be earlier concepts of the show that never made it on the air, such as "I Love Louie", where Desi lived with Louis Armstrong. He also read Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky" in a heavy Cuban accent (he pronounced it "Habberwocky"). Arnaz, Jr., played the drums and, supported by the SNL band, Desi sang both "Babalu" and another favorite from his dance band days, "Cuban Pete"; the arrangements were similar to the ones used on I Love Lucy. He ended the broadcast by leading the entire cast in a raucous conga line through the SNL studio. Arnaz and his wife eventually moved to Del Mar, California, where he lived the rest of his life in semiretirement. He owned a horse-breeding farm in Corona, California, and raced thoroughbreds. He contributed to charitable and nonprofit organizations, including San Diego State University. He also taught classes at San Diego State in studio production and acting for television. Arnaz made a guest appearance on the TV series Alice, starring Linda Lavin and produced by I Love Lucy co-creators Madelyn Pugh (Madelyn Davis) and Bob Carroll, Jr.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 45
    Arnaz married his second wife, Edith Mack Hirsch, on March 2, 1963, and greatly reduced his show business activities.
    More Details Hide Details He served as executive producer of The Mothers-in-Law, and during its two-year run, made four guest appearances as a Spanish matador, Señor Delgado. Edith died in 1985.
  • 1960
    Age 42
    Although both Arnaz and Ball married other spouses after their divorce in 1960, they remained friends, and grew closer in his final decade. "I Love Lucy was never just a title", wrote Arnaz in the last years of his life.
    More Details Hide Details Family home video later aired on television showed Ball and Arnaz playing together with their grandson Simon shortly before Arnaz's death. In the 1970s, Arnaz co-hosted a week of shows with daytime host and producer Mike Douglas. Vivian Vance appeared as a guest. Arnaz also headlined a Kraft Music Hall special on NBC that featured his two children, with a brief appearance by Vance.
    Ball divorced him in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details When Ball returned to weekly television, Arnaz and she worked out an agreement regarding Desilu, wherein she bought him out.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 26
    Arnaz and Ball's marriage was turbulent. Convinced that Arnaz was being unfaithful to her, and also because he came home drunk several times, Ball filed for divorce in September 1944, but returned to him before the interlocutory decree became final.
    More Details Hide Details Arnaz and Ball subsequently had two children, actress Lucie Arnaz (born 1951) and actor Desi Arnaz, Jr. (born 1953). Arnaz's marriage with Ball began to collapse under the strain of his growing problems with alcohol and womanizing. According to his memoir, the combined pressures of managing the production company, as well as supervising its day-to-day operations had greatly worsened as it grew much larger, and he felt compelled to seek outlets to alleviate the stress. Arnaz was also suffering from diverticulitis.
  • 1940
    Age 22
    Arnaz and Ball eloped on November 30, 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Arnaz also played guitar for Xavier Cugat. Arnaz appeared in several movies in the 1940s such as Bataan (1943). He received his draft notice, but before reporting, he injured his knee. He completed his recruit training, but was classified for limited service in the United States Army during World War II. He was assigned to direct United Service Organization (U.S.O.) programs at a military hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Discovering the first thing the wounded soldiers requested was a glass of cold milk, he arranged for movie starlets to meet them and pour the milk for them. Following his discharge from the Army, he formed another orchestra, which was successful in live appearances and recordings. He sang for troops in Birmingham Hospital with John Macchia and hired his childhood friend Marco Rizo to play piano and arrange for the orchestra. When he became successful in television, he kept the orchestra on his payroll, and Rizo arranged and orchestrated the music for I Love Lucy.
  • 1939
    Age 21
    When he moved to the United States, Desi Arnaz turned to show business to support himself. In 1939, he starred on Broadway in the musical Too Many Girls.
    More Details Hide Details He went to Hollywood the next year to appear in the show's movie version at RKO, which starred Lucille Ball.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1934
    Age 16
    In the summer of 1934, he attended Saint Leo Prep (near Tampa) to help improve his English.
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  • 1933
    Age 15
    Following the 1933 Cuban Revolution, led by Fulgencio Batista, which overthrew President Gerardo Machado, Alberto Arnaz was jailed and all of his property was confiscated.
    More Details Hide Details He was released after six months when his brother-in-law Alberto de Acha intervened on his behalf. The family then fled to Miami, where Desi attended St. Patrick Catholic High School.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Born in 1917.
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