Cuban Classic Relations

With the pending restoration of Cuban and American diplomatic relations, it’s time to celebrate Cubans and those of Cuban descent in Golden Age Hollywood!

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Musician, actor and television producer, Desi Arnaz was arguably the most famous Cuban to hit Hollywood. Bandleader of the Desi Arnaz Orchestra who formed Desilu Productions and starred in I Love Lucy. Here he is pictured with wife, Lucille Ball.

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New York-born Cesar Romero born of a Cuban mother is pictured here with Joan Crawford. Many of you may know him as The Joker in Batman or The Cisco Kid. I know him as a fun handsome supporting actor in FOX Studio musicals.

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Most famous as Audrey Hepburn’s first husband, New York-born Mel Ferrer was born to a Cuban father. Along with Audrey, I loved his film Lili. I’m surprised I have seen a lot of Ferrer films including Lost Boundaries, Born To Be Bad, War and Peace, Blood and Roses, and El Greco.

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Best known for her roles in Roy Roger Westerns and Rio Bravo (1959), Cuban actress Estelita Rodriquez is pictured here with Ronald Reagan on the set of Tropic Zone (1953).

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