Celia Cruz

Highest Rated: 84% Soul Power (2009)
Lowest Rated: 65% The Perez Family (1995)
Birthday: Oct 21, 1924
Birthplace: Not Available
Beloved as the queen of salsa and seen as an enduring symbol of pre-Castro Cuba by many of that country's exiles, Celia Cruz had a remarkable six-decade career, with two Grammy awards, three Latin Grammys, and more than 70 albums, among numerous other accolades, to her credit. Born into an extended family in the small Havana village of Barrio Santra Suarez, Cruz was drawn to music from an early age, her career sparked when the future superstar earned her first pair of shoes by singing for a generous tourist. Performing in school productions and winning a local radio contest, she was introduced to the world of Cuban music by an aunt, who took the young songstress to numerous musical hot spots. Although her father urged her to become a teacher, Cruz was soon winning local singing competitions. Her big break came when she was invited to sing for the band La Sonora Matancera in 1950, a position she would hold for 15 years. When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, Cruz immigrated to the United States. Cuban jazz legend Tito Puente helped her form a band for her solo career when she left La Sonora Matancera in 1965, and she successfully toured the globe during the '70s after making a mark on the New York Latin jazz scene. Cruz's worldwide popularity peaked with an appearance in the 1992 film The Mambo Kings; her other movies included Affair in Havana (1957), Juegos de Sociedad (1974), and The Perez Family (1995). She won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian Institute in 1994; that same year, the city of Miami named the Cuban community's main street in her honor. Cruz died of brain cancer in Fort Lee, NJ, on July 16, 2003. She was 77.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Yo soy la Salsa Actor 2014
No Score Yet I Am, From Son To Salsa Actor 2013
84% Soul Power Actor $0.3M 2009
No Score Yet Fiesta Latina Actor 2009
No Score Yet Celia: The Queen Actor 2008
No Score Yet From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale Actor 2008
No Score Yet Salsa Mania Actor 2006
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Fiesta! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Celia Cruz: The Eternal Voice Actor 2003
No Score Yet Celia Cruz: Azucar! Actor 2003
No Score Yet Celia Cruz: An Extraordinary Woman...Azucar! Actor 2003
No Score Yet RMM - Tropical Tribute to The Beatles Actor 2003
No Score Yet Gloria Estefan: Live in Atlantis Actor 2002
No Score Yet La Cuba Mia Host 2002
No Score Yet Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa Actor 1999
No Score Yet Yo soy, del Son a la Salsa (From Son to Salsa) Actor 1998
65% The Perez Family Luz Pat 1995
No Score Yet Salsa Mania Actor 1993
81% The Mambo Kings Evalina 1992
No Score Yet Fires Within Herself 1991
No Score Yet Sesion Latina Actor 1989
No Score Yet Beats of the Heart Actor 1989
No Score Yet Salsa Himself 1988
No Score Yet Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa Actor 1974

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No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Herself
  • 1996

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