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Desi Arnaz

Desi ArnazBorn: March 2, 1917 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986 (age 69), Del Mar, California

Desi Arnaz (Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) is a Cuban American musician, actor and television producer.

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1) With help from the U.S. Government, Desi, his father, and his mother escaped from Cuba because of what Cuban leader?

  1. Fidel Castro

  2. Fulgencio Batista

  3. Gerardo Machado

2) On Broadway, Desi stars in the Rogers and Hart musical Too Many Girls .  He goes to Hollywood to play his character in the 1940 film version.  He meets his co-star and future wife Lucille Ball. 
Who does NOT reprise their stage role?

  1. Richard Kollmar

  2. Eddie Bracken

  3. Van Johnson

3) Bataan (1943) is a war film about the defense of the Bataan Peninsula at the start of World War II.  It was made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Tay Garnett and produced by Irving Starr, with Dore Schary as executive producer. It starred Robert Taylor, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell, Robert Walker, and Desi Arnaz.
Who did Desi play in the movie?

  1. Pvt. Felix Ramirez

  2. Sergeant Bill Dane

  3. Pvt. Xavier Cugat

4) In Cuban Pete (1946), unable to complete the deal by telephone, advertising executive Roberts (Don Porter) sends his assistant Ann (Joan Fulton)to Cuba to lure a Cuban band, led by Desi Arnaz, on to an American radio program. Attracted to Ann, Arnaz and his band come to New York but complications arise when the squeaky-voiced, addle-brained sponsor (Jacqueline de Wit) of the program decides she wants to be the vocalist on the program. Ethel Smith, the King Sisters and the dance team of Igor & Yvette are on hand to fill out the remaining hour of this 20-minute plot.
Who did Desi play?

  1. Lorenzo Xavier Vega

  2. Pedro de Cordoba

  3. Desi Arnaz

5)  In Holiday in Havana (1949) Carlos Estrade (Desi Arnaz), a busboy in a Cuban hotel who wants to become a composer, is rebuffed by Mama Valdez when he tries to get her daughter, singer-dancer Lolita Veldez, to use one of his songs. Carlos thinks Lolita, who he has not met, is the one who turned him down. He unexpectedly becomes the leader of the hotel band, and they set out for Havana by bus to find a singer and dancer to join them in the grand rhumba contest at the annual carnival. Lolita, who has her heart set on winning the contest, slips out of her hotel and heads for Havana in a car driven by an American agent, Marge Henley, who is trying to sign her up. With the police, called by her mother, in pursuit she abandons the car and catches the band bus and, under an assumed name, persuades Carlos to take her to Havana with the band. Later, learning her true identity, Carlos cools toward her.
Who plays Lolita?

  1. Mary Hatcher

  2. Dolores Ann Doran

  3. Minerva Urecal

6) The original premise was for the couple to portray Lucy and Larry Lopez, a successful show business couple (he a band leader, she an actress) whose glamorous careers interfered with their efforts to maintain a normal marriage.

  • True or False?

7) Nicky (Arnaz) and Tacy Collini (Ball) are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer.
What was the name of this 1954 movie?

  1. I Love Tracy

  2. The Long, Long Trailer

  3. Traveling Across America

8) Desi Arnaz did not sell his share of Desilu due to his divorce with Lucille Ball.

  • True or False?

9) According to Mafia boss turned government informant Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno in his book "The Last Mafioso", several top members of the Chicago Mafia family were furious about the portrayal of Italians in general and the Mafia in particular in The Untouchables (1959), of which Arnaz was executive producer, and put out a contract on his life.  Several mob hitmen hid in the bushes and behind trees outside his house one night after having been tipped off that he was on his way home and were going to shoot him when he pulled into his driveway, but for some unknown reason Arnaz never came home that night. The killers were supposed to come back again and wait for him the next night, but in the meantime cooler heads prevailed and the murder plot was called off.  Arnaz apparently never found out how close he came to being murdered.

  • True or False?

10) Where is Desi Arnaz buried?

  1. Cremated, ashes scattered

  2. Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

  3. Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California

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Desi Arnaz

1) B.  2) A.  3) A.  4) C.  5) A.  6) True  7) B.  8) False. He resigned as Desilu President and sold his interest to Lucy in 1962 (Two years after the divorce).  9) True.  10) A.Angels on your pillow

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