I'm not exactly friends with Cesar Romero, the 85-year old Latin hearthrob who played The Cisco Kid in the 1940s and the Joker on Batman in the 1960s. In West Hollywood, your friends were generally your ex-boyfriends and their current boyfriends, and Cesar and I have never dated, never even hooked up (although I've watched him and Lane).
But after my Biblical Hebrew at UCLA, I like going over to visit him in his modern glass-and-leather apartment in Brentwood, to drink lemonade, get flirted with, and hear stories about hookups with the stars of Golden Age Hollywood. Today he promised to tell me about the time he hooked up with the entire male cast of I Love Lucy (1951-57).
The vintage sitcom was before my time, but I've seen lots of episodes in syndication. I love "Job Switching," where Lucy and Ethel (Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance) get jobs on an assembly line at a candy factory, with disastrous results. And "Lucy Does a TV Commercial," where Lucy gradually gets drunk while selling the vitamin tonic Vitameatavegimen.
Lucy and Ethel were the stars. The husbands, Ricky and Fred (Desi Arnaz, William Frawley) were mostly there to say "no, you can't have a new dress" and do slow burns after a catastrophe.
But Desi was impossibly cute, and I recalled a scattering of other hot actors. I wonder which Cesar has been with.
"Where to begin..." Cesar says. "I've been with so many of the cast members. Not the women, of course. But..."
"Begin with Desi," I tell him. "He was the hottest."
"And the biggest," Cesar adds with a wink.
The full story, with nude photos and sexual situations, is on Tales of West Hollywood.