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Birth Name: Desi Arnaz
Born: 03/02/1917
Birth Place: Cuba
Death Place: Del Mar, California, USA
Died: 12/02/1986

Born March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha grew up in a prominent and wealthy family. His father was a member of the Cuban House of Representatives as well as the mayor of Santiago. But being well-connected in the politically volatile Cuba exacted its own price. During the 1933 revolution, the family was forced to flee for their lives to Miami. Settling in the United States, young Arnaz, like the rest of his family, took a series of odd and menial jobs - including, at one point, cleaning birdcages. But he also began to focus on music, and just a few years after arriving in the States, ambitiously landed a paying gig in a Latin orchestra, playing drums and guitar.... Continue Bio >>

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