Desi Arnaz Biography (1917-1986)

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Full name, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz III; born March 2, 1917, in Santiago, Cuba; died of cancer in Del Mar, CA, December 2, 1986; married Lucille Ball (an actress and producer) November 30, 1940 (divorced, 1960); married Edith Mack Hirsch, 1963 (died, 1985); children: (first marriage) Lucie Desiree, DesiderioAlberto (Desi Jr.) IV.

CTFT notes that industry analysts credit Desi Arnaz as being the progenitor of the "re-run" and syndicated shows with his decision to film the I Love Lucytelevision series in the early 1950s. Until that time, only the rather crude"kinescope recording" of television programs had been used.

Birth Details
March 2, 1917
Santiago, Cuba
Death Details
December 2, 1986
Del Mar, California, United States

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