Liz: Well, here we are: another Thursday and amb is chatting away about another national holiday.
amb: Hi guys! It’s no October 19th, but let me tell you, today is a great day. Guess how many Hershey’s Kisses I’ve eaten already today? Am I talking really fast?! Is the room spinning?!? … Sorry, I had a point there. My point is, this week I’m being legit. Valentine’s Day is an actual holiday, with its own greeting cards and television specials and food and everything.
amb: Of course! Before we get started, I have to point out that credit for today’s post goes to Liz, who got this Valentine-themed ball rolling by pointing out that Paulo Costanzo and Moon Bloodgood would make a fantastic, funny named, couple. She also pointed out the staying power of the name “Brangelina” which has permeated the public consciousness of oh, probably the whole entire world by now.
When Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez became an item in 2003, their combined star-wattage burned so brightly that everyone they came into contact with lost their ability to recall proper nouns and had to resort to using the name “Bennifer” instead. Just kidding. I’m pretty sure editors figured out that a funny nickname would help them sell more magazines.
Bennifer’s relationship didn’t last, but the trend of bestowing a catchy moniker on celebrity couples continued. The ensuing years brought us, of course, the universally known Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), and more recently, Jethroux (Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux) and Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West).
But it turns out that Bennifer was not the couple who started it all. So who do funny-names enthusiasts (and magazine editors everywhere) have to thank for this trend? Allow me to introduce our post’s headliner: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III. You may know him better as Desi Arnaz.
Desi Arnaz and his family fled to the United States following the Cuban Revolution, and Desi decided to pursue the American Dream in true Hollywood fashion and make a name for himself in the movies. He was cast in the musical “Too Many Girls” starring none other than Lucille Ball. It was love at first sight, and Desi and Lucille were married the following year. Desi acted in a few more movies, but where he really made his mark on the entertainment industry was in television. Television executives wanted Lucille to adapt her very popular radio series “My Favorite Husband” for television – any guesses on what the television adaption turned out to be?
Yes, that legendary sitcom was “I Love Lucy” and yes, this post has finally come full circle: the show was produced by the studio Desi and Lucy owned together, and it was called … wait for it .. Desilu Productions. Ta-da! You’re welcome, Bennifer.