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Elena Isabella Zubia Ward (Julio Leyva)

Elena Isabella Zubia Ward was born on March 2, 1984 in Santiago de Cuba.  She was raised as the only child of Cuban-American executive Pedro Alfonso Ward, senior vice president of Bacardi Limited and his wife Margarita Carmen Ward (nee Pizarro), owner and president of the Tropicana Santiago nightclub.

 Directly descended from Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro González, 1st Marqués de los Atabillos, Elena traveled the world extensively in her childhood, living with maternal relatives and attending private academies in Spain and Mexico.  In 2002, she graduated from The School of Our Lady of Sorrow in Santiago de Cuba.  Soon after her graduation, Elena’s mother died, and on her death-bed, confessed that Elena was the love child of Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer Desi Arnaz. Believing this event to be divine guidance, Elena soon left Santiago with all her worldly possessions to seek out life, love and fame in the United States as the newest member of the Desilu family.  However, less than 5 miles from Key Biscayne, the yacht carrying Elena was washed onto a reef and all aboard was lost. 

Being the only survivor, she floated for hours atop a stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator. When this “package” finally drifted ashore near Miami Beach, Elena was picked up by the Coast Guard and was allowed to pursue U.S. residency thanks to the United States’ “wet feet, dry feet policy”.  She was soon accepted into The Gloria Starr Finishing School where she received a Certificate of Achievement in Impression Management, Business and Dining Etiquette, and Communication Skills. 

Elena recently relocated to the Atlanta area to continue her campaign to contact Lucie and Desi IV and to seek out opportunities as an aspiring singer/actress.


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