A Book by Desi ArnazI read this years ago. I bought my paperback copy at a bookstore with my mom and sisters. (Way before ebooks!)
THEN, Desi Arnaz, autographed my book! Yes, Im bragging! Right there in that bookstore. His beautiful black hair was all silver, he looked a little older, but he was SO nice! I froze up and barely said 2-3 words. (fangirl). Hes my favorite famous person that Ive ever met. AND I love I Love Lucy. Ive watched every episode many times over.
This book was written like a memoir, many years after Lucy and Desi divorced. I was expecting a gossipy tell all ex- POV..... NO- not at all. The writing is very easy and the narrative is just like it was transcribed from oral interviews. It goes through Desis earlier life in Cuba and then into his life in the U.S. It was fascinating to read about how Desi and Lucy met, married and then started their awesome TV series. Ive read other books about them, which gives others POV, but I really love Desis POV. Desi speaks (writes) very fondly of Lucy. He gives her ALL the credit for her comedic talent and the success of the show. Desi was very much into the business end of their career/show. They very smartly ended up owning the studio/production company, Desilu.
Ive been hearing that theyre going to make a movie -that is sanctioned by her son and daughter. Ive heard that Cate Blanchett is considered to portray Lucy (great choice, IMO).
This was one of my reasons for looking for this book on GR and on Amazon. Amazons price for the paperback goes from $55 -$128 (no kindle of now). I need to find out where I put my copy!!
I hope that Lucie Arnaz & Desi Jr allow this book to be reprinted AND on ebook ---PLEASE :)
Desi Arnaz: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
You see, most of these films were made during the early part of her career, in the s, when the young actress was happy to take any job she could get. Arnaz was born to a wealthy family in Cuba but was forced to flee his home country at the tender age of 16 following the revolution. His family resettled in Miami and, after working some odd jobs, Arnaz embarked on what would become a massively successful music career, a move that would eventually bring him to the silver screen. Ultimately, love— and a heck of a lot of talent! Things were mighty different back in December of when Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were awaiting the birth of their second child.
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Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III March 2, — December 2, , better known as Desi Arnaz , was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer widely noted for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom I Love Lucy , where he co-starred with his then wife, dramatic and comedic actress Lucille Ball — Arnaz and Ball are generally credited as the innovators of the syndicated rerun , which they pioneered with the I Love Lucy series. Arnaz and Lucille Ball co-founded and ran the television production company called Desilu Productions , originally to market I Love Lucy to television networks. He was also renowned for leading his Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra. His father was Santiago's youngest mayor and also served in the Cuban House of Representatives. Arnaz describes the opulent family life of his early youth in his autobiography, A Book —the family owned three ranches, a palatial home, and a vacation mansion on a private island in Santiago Bay, Cuba. Following the Cuban Revolution of , led by Fulgencio Batista , which overthrew President Gerardo Machado , Alberto Arnaz was jailed and all of his property was confiscated.
Desi Arnaz is best known for the popular s television show I Love Lucy, a situation comedy that he helped create along with his wife Lucille Ball, to whom he was married from to
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Getty Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. D esi Arnaz was an all-around entertainer. Not only was he an orchestra leader and musician, but he revolutionized television with I Love Lucy , the classic sitcom starring him and his wife Lucille Ball. Google has honored Arnaz with a Google Doodle on March 2, which would have been his nd birthday. Following his release, the Arnaz family fled to Miami, Florida. According to PBS , Arnaz quickly turned to show business to support himself. He performed as both a solo musician and a guitarist for legendary bandleader Xavier Cugat.