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Celia Cruz

Biography

Afro-Cuban singer and dancer who was simply called the Queen of Salsa and that has earned multiple awards on her behalf salsa albums, including Grammy Awards for Greatest Salsa Album for La Negra Tiene Tumbao. She pursued performing after being up to date you can make even more as an entertainer per day than a instructor could in per month. In 1950 she was the business lead vocalist for Sonora Matancera, a Cuban Salsa orchestra. She wedded Pedro Knight on July 14, 1962. In 1994, Costs Clinton honored her the Country wide Medal of Arts.

Quick Facts


Full Name Celia Cruz
Date Of Birth October 21, 1925
Died July 16, 2003, Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
Place Of Birth Havana, Cuba
Profession World Music Singer
Education Conservatorio Nacional de Música
Nationality Cuban, American, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia's Oye Como Va, Ríe y Llora
Spouse Pedro Knight
Parents Simon Cruz, Catalina Alfonso, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia's Oye Como Va, Ríe y Llora
Awards Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, Latin Grammy Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Grammy Award for Best Salsa/Merengue Album, Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia's Oye Como Va, Ríe y Llora
Music Groups Sonora Matancera, Fania All-Stars, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia's Oye Como Va, Ríe y Llora
Nominations Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, Celia's Oye Como Va, Ríe y Llora
Movies The Mambo Kings, The Perez Family, Celia Cruz: Eternal Voice, Beats of the Heart: Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities, Roots of Rhythm, Celia Cruz: An Extraordinary Woman...Azucar!, Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa, Gloria Estefan: Live in Atlantis, RMM: Tropical Tribute to the Beatles, Affair in Havana
TV Shows Valentina
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1 She was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013 for her services to arts and entertainment.
2 Pictured on one of five nondenominated USA commemorative stamps honoring Latin Music Legends, issued on 16 March 2011; price on day of issue was 44¢. The other stamps honored Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda, Selena, and Carlos Gardel.
3 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 115-117. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5 Was of Afro-Cuban descent
6 She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
7 A monument in front of the city hall in Union City, New Jersey was dedicated in honor after her death. A marker with her name lies between the American and Cuban flags. Union City has one of the largest Cuban populations in the United States outside of the Miami area
8 Was also known for her shout of "Azúcar!", which means "Sugar".
9 Buried in Woodlawn Cemetary in the Bronx, New York.
10 Her public wake in Miami brought over 100,000 fans from all over the world to pay their final respects to her.
11 A section of Miami's famed Calle Ocho (Southwest 8 Street) was renamed Celia Cruz Way in her honor.
12 Has a star on both Hollywood's Walk of Fame and Miami's Walk of Fame.
13 Was the third major Cuban salsa star to die in the same week. The other two were Compay Segundo and Tito Duarte.
14 Died two days after celebrating her 41st wedding anniversary.
15 Left Cuba in 1959, when Fidel Castro came into power. She and her band, La Sonora Matancera, toured Mexico for two years before finally moving to the United States where she has since resided.
16 Has recorded over 70 albums during her 50 year career.
17 India calls Celia Cruz her "godmother" because Cruz encouraged and supported her singing career.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013-2015 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Looking 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis 2014 Video performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
American Music Awards 2013 2013 TV Special writer: "La Vida es un Carnival"
You're so Vain, my Men!! - Les Coquettes - Ta Psonia 2013 Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
Treloi Enwmenoi Pote Nikimenoi!! Karnvalia 2013 2013 Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
Dirty Cops-Ta Batsonia: The Vengeance 2012 Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
The Liability 2012 performer: "Cao Cao Mani Picao"
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Una noche única 2011 TV Movie performer: "Celia's Oye come va"
Tower Heist 2011 performer: "Quimbara"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada 2008-2011 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Memòries de la tele 2007-2010 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
So You Think You Can Dance 2006-2010 TV Series performer - 7 episodes
Nothing Like the Holidays 2008 performer: "La Medicina Cubana"
Soul Power 2008 Documentary performer: "Quimbara"
A Previous Engagement 2008 performer: "Bamboleo", "Cuba Que Lindo Son Tus Paisajes"
Sugar 2008/I performer: "Azucar Negra"
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy 2007 TV Special documentary performer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited / writer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game performer: "Quimbara"
Los Sánchez 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chasing Papi 2003 performer: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" Remix
Antwone Fisher 2002 performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval" 1998
Son amores 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lantana 2001 performer: "Te Busco" 1993
Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert 2000 TV Special documentary performer: "Tres Gotas De Agua Bendita"
Crónica de un desayuno 2000 performer: "Un Poco Más"
Amores Perros 2000 performer: "La vida es un carnaval"
Summer Video Jams 1999 Video performer: "Me Estan Hablando Del Cielo"
Buenos vecinos 1999 TV Series "La Vida es un Carnaval"
L'ennui 1998 performer: "Melao de Cana"
Las damas del swing 1997 Video short performer: "Que Le Den Candela"
¿De qué se ríen las mujeres? 1997 performer: "Cruz de navajas"
Blood and Wine 1996 performer: "Quimbara" 1978
Eye for an Eye 1996 performer: "Burunbanga"
Blue in the Face 1995 performer: "Yemaya"
The Cowboy Way 1994 performer: "Sazon", "Ochun Con Chango"
A Million to Juan 1994 performer: "AZUCAR NEGRA"
Carlito's Way 1993 performer: "Vieja Luna"
The Mambo Kings 1992 performer: "Melao De Cana", "La Dicha Mia", "Guantanamera"
Fires Within 1991 performer: "Pun Pun Catafu", "Quimbara", "Bambaraka Tunga"
One Good Cop 1991 performer: "Quimbara"
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie"
Salsa 1988 performer: "Son Matamoros"
The Believers 1987 performer: "Toro Mata"
Something Wild 1986 performer: "Loco de Amor"
The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 performer: "Come Down to Miami"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El alma no tiene color 1997 TV Series Macaria
The Perez Family 1995 Luz Pat
Valentina 1993 TV Series Lecumé (1993)
The Mambo Kings 1992 Evalina Montoya
Premier Orfeon 1964 TV Series
Amorcito corazón 1961 Cantante
Affair in Havana 1957 Singer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acaballao 2006 Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You're so Vain, my Men!! - Les Coquettes - Ta Psonia 2013 Video short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El séptimo de caballería 1998-2000 TV Series Herself
Billboard Latin Music Awards 2000 TV Special Herself
Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa 1999 TV Special Herself
Con la primera al 2000 1999 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Summer Video Jams 1999 Video Herself
Gala FAO 1999 1999 TV Movie Herself
Totalmente 1999 TV Series Herself
Risas y estrellas 1998-1999 TV Series Herself
¡Mi Gente! My People! 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself
Billboard Latin Music Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
Especial Nochevieja 1998: Feliz 99 1998 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Teletón 1998 TV Series Herself - Performer
Sabor a tí 1998 TV Series Herself
Lo + plus 1998 TV Series Herself
1998 ALMA Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
La gran noche de Raphael 1998 TV Movie Herself
Latino NY Live 1998 TV Series Herself (1998)
Especial Nochevieja 1996: Somos la primera 1997 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Las damas del swing 1997 Video short Herself
RMM 10th. Anniversary Collection VOL. 1 1997 Video Herself
The 22nd New York Salsa Festival 1997 Video documentary Herself
Médico de familia 1997 TV Series Herself
Especial Nochevieja 1995: La primera del año 1996 TV Movie Herself - Performer
New York Undercover 1996 TV Series Herself
From Son to Salsa 1996 Documentary Herself
Gala de la hispanidad 1996 TV Movie Herself
Mírame 1996 TV Movie Herself
Esto es espectáculo 1994-1996 TV Series Herself
Especial Nochevieja 1994 1995 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Somos un solo pueblo 1995 TV Movie documentary
Gran Gala de la Hispanidad 1995 TV Movie Herself
Entre dos amores 1995 TV Movie Herself
Esto no es lo que parece 1995 TV Series Herself
El club de Los Tigritos 1994 TV Series Herself
Familia RMM Combinacion Perfecta 1994 Video documentary Herself
¡Hola Raffaella! 1993-1994 TV Series Herself
Fotogramas de Plata 93 1994 TV Special Herself - Performer
Especial Nochevieja 1993: Este año cruz y raya... seguro 1993 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Navidades en familia 1993 TV Short Herself
Loft 1993 TV Series Musical Guest
Querida Concha 1993 TV Series Herself
Ven al Paralelo 1993 TV Series Herself
Viéndonos 1993 TV Series Herself
Hurricane Relief 1992 TV Movie documentary Herself
Fires Within 1991 Herself
Verano 90 1990 TV Series Herself
Un dia és un dia 1990 TV Series Herself
¡1990! 1990 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Homenaje a Lola Flores 1990 TV Movie Herself
Celia Cruz: Guantanamera 1989 Video documentary Herself
Sesame Street 1987-1989 TV Series Herself
Sesame Street, Special 1988 TV Movie Herself (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
Salsa 1988 Herself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
Cap d'any a TV3 1986 TV Movie Herself
Viva la salsa 1986 Documentary short
Àngel Casas Show 1984 TV Series Herself
Roots of Rhythm 1984 TV Series Herself
The Last Fight 1983 Herself
Beats of the Heart: Salsa 1979 TV Movie documentary Herself
Salsa 1976 Documentary Herself
Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa 1974 Herself
Galas del sábado 1970 TV Series Herself
¡Olé... Cuba! 1957 Herself (as Sonora Matancera con Celia Cruz)
Rincón criollo 1950 Herself (as Celia Cruz y su coro Mambo)
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale 2006 TV Movie Herself
El Premio de la Gente 2004 TV Movie Herself - Singer
The Mark Twain Prize: Whoopi Goldberg 2001 TV Movie Herself
2nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Mundo VIP 1996-2001 TV Series Herself
Pavarotti & Friends for Afghanistan 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin 2001 TV Special Herself
Gala Raphael 2001 TV Movie Herself
Premio lo Nuestro a la música latina 2001 2001 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Bailando con Xavier Cugat 2001 TV Movie Herself
Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
Noche de fiesta 2000 TV Series Herself
El informal 2000 TV Series Herself
Gala FAO 2000 2000 TV Movie Herself
El rayo 2000 TV Series Herself
Pepsi Chart Latin America 2000 TV Series Guest
Cosas que importan 2000 TV Series Herself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 2000 TV Series Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Felicidades: Navidad 2015 2015 TV Movie Herself
The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Musician
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013-2015 TV Series Herself
Banda sonora 2012 TV Series Herself
Una noche única 2011 TV Movie Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 25th Anniversary 2011 TV Movie Herself
Memòries de la tele 2007-2010 TV Series Herself
A polos 25 2010 TV Series Herself
¡Feliz 2010! Cuéntame 2009 TV Movie Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2009 2009 TV Movie Herself
Soul Power 2008 Documentary Herself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 2008 2008 TV Special Herself
Celia: The Queen 2008 Documentary Herself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Herself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Evalina Montoya (uncredited)
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Herself
Mega Especiales: Celia Cruz 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Querida Lola 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Pa'lante con Cristina 2004 TV Series Herself
¡Despierta América! 2004 TV Series Herself
Don Francisco presenta 2004 TV Series Herself
De pe a pa 2003 TV Series Herself
Sing Yourself Silly! 1990 Video short Herself
Festival 1972 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Imagen Foundation Awards
1987 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on September 17, 1987 at 6240 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 "I wanted to be a mother, a teacher and a housewife. But when I began to sing with La Sonora Matancera, I thought, this is my chance, and I'm going to do it." (interview with New York Times where she explained her reasons for becoming the lead singer of the famous Salsa band, La Sonora Matancera).

#Trademark
1 Her powerful, singing contralto voice.
2 Her shoes
3 In her english speeches on stage, she started saying: "my english is not very good..." with her cuban accent.
4 Catchphrase: "¡Azúcar!"
5 Brightly colored costumes and wigs

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