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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
1She was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013 for her services to arts and entertainment.
2Pictured 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.
3She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 115-117. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5Was of Afro-Cuban descent
6She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1994 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
7A 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
8Was also known for her shout of "Azúcar!", which means "Sugar".
9Buried in Woodlawn Cemetary in the Bronx, New York.
10Her public wake in Miami brought over 100,000 fans from all over the world to pay their final respects to her.
11A section of Miami's famed Calle Ocho (Southwest 8 Street) was renamed Celia Cruz Way in her honor.
12Has a star on both Hollywood's Walk of Fame and Miami's Walk of Fame.
13Was the third major Cuban salsa star to die in the same week. The other two were Compay Segundo and Tito Duarte.
14Died two days after celebrating her 41st wedding anniversary.
15Left 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.
16Has recorded over 70 albums during her 50 year career.
17India calls Celia Cruz her "godmother" because Cruz encouraged and supported her singing career.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013-2015TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Looking2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis2014Video performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
American Music Awards 20132013TV Special writer: "La Vida es un Carnival"
You're so Vain, my Men!! - Les Coquettes - Ta Psonia2013Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
Treloi Enwmenoi Pote Nikimenoi!! Karnvalia 20132013Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
Dirty Cops-Ta Batsonia: The Vengeance2012Video short performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval"
The Liability2012performer: "Cao Cao Mani Picao"
Banda sonora2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Una noche única2011TV Movie performer: "Celia's Oye come va"
Tower Heist2011performer: "Quimbara"
So You Think You Can Dance Canada2008-2011TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Memòries de la tele2007-2010TV Series performer - 4 episodes
So You Think You Can Dance2006-2010TV Series performer - 7 episodes
Nothing Like the Holidays2008performer: "La Medicina Cubana"
Soul Power2008Documentary performer: "Quimbara"
A Previous Engagement2008performer: "Bamboleo", "Cuba Que Lindo Son Tus Paisajes"
Sugar2008/Iperformer: "Azucar Negra"
Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy2007TV Special documentary performer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited / writer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories2006Video Game performer: "Quimbara"
Los Sánchez2004TV Series performer - 1 episode
Chasing Papi2003performer: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" Remix
Antwone Fisher2002performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval" 1998
Son amores2002TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lantana2001performer: "Te Busco" 1993
Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert2000TV Special documentary performer: "Tres Gotas De Agua Bendita"
Crónica de un desayuno2000performer: "Un Poco Más"
Amores Perros2000performer: "La vida es un carnaval"
Summer Video Jams1999Video performer: "Me Estan Hablando Del Cielo"
Buenos vecinos1999TV Series "La Vida es un Carnaval"
L'ennui1998performer: "Melao de Cana"
Las damas del swing1997Video short performer: "Que Le Den Candela"
¿De qué se ríen las mujeres?1997performer: "Cruz de navajas"
Blood and Wine1996performer: "Quimbara" 1978
Eye for an Eye1996performer: "Burunbanga"
Blue in the Face1995performer: "Yemaya"
The Cowboy Way1994performer: "Sazon", "Ochun Con Chango"
A Million to Juan1994performer: "AZUCAR NEGRA"
Carlito's Way1993performer: "Vieja Luna"
The Mambo Kings1992performer: "Melao De Cana", "La Dicha Mia", "Guantanamera"
Fires Within1991performer: "Pun Pun Catafu", "Quimbara", "Bambaraka Tunga"
One Good Cop1991performer: "Quimbara"
Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video short performer: "Put Down the Duckie" 1986 - uncredited
Sesame Street, Special1988TV Movie performer: "Put Down the Duckie"
Salsa1988performer: "Son Matamoros"
The Believers1987performer: "Toro Mata"
Something Wild1986performer: "Loco de Amor"
The Rosebud Beach Hotel1984performer: "Come Down to Miami"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El alma no tiene color1997TV SeriesMacaria
The Perez Family1995Luz Pat
Valentina1993TV SeriesLecumé (1993)
The Mambo Kings1992Evalina Montoya
Premier Orfeon1964TV Series
Amorcito corazón1961Cantante
Affair in Havana1957Singer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acaballao2006Documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You're so Vain, my Men!! - Les Coquettes - Ta Psonia2013Video short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
El séptimo de caballería1998-2000TV SeriesHerself
Billboard Latin Music Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa1999TV SpecialHerself
Con la primera al 20001999TV MovieHerself - Performer
Summer Video Jams1999VideoHerself
Gala FAO 19991999TV MovieHerself
Totalmente1999TV SeriesHerself
Risas y estrellas1998-1999TV SeriesHerself
¡Mi Gente! My People!1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Billboard Latin Music Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Especial Nochevieja 1998: Feliz 991998TV MovieHerself - Performer
Teletón1998TV SeriesHerself - Performer
Sabor a tí1998TV SeriesHerself
Lo + plus1998TV SeriesHerself
1998 ALMA Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
La gran noche de Raphael1998TV MovieHerself
Latino NY Live1998TV SeriesHerself (1998)
Especial Nochevieja 1996: Somos la primera1997TV MovieHerself - Performer
Las damas del swing1997Video shortHerself
RMM 10th. Anniversary Collection VOL. 11997VideoHerself
The 22nd New York Salsa Festival1997Video documentaryHerself
Médico de familia1997TV SeriesHerself
Especial Nochevieja 1995: La primera del año1996TV MovieHerself - Performer
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesHerself
From Son to Salsa1996DocumentaryHerself
Gala de la hispanidad1996TV MovieHerself
Mírame1996TV MovieHerself
Esto es espectáculo1994-1996TV SeriesHerself
Especial Nochevieja 19941995TV MovieHerself - Performer
Somos un solo pueblo1995TV Movie documentary
Gran Gala de la Hispanidad1995TV MovieHerself
Entre dos amores1995TV MovieHerself
Esto no es lo que parece1995TV SeriesHerself
El club de Los Tigritos1994TV SeriesHerself
Familia RMM Combinacion Perfecta1994Video documentaryHerself
¡Hola Raffaella!1993-1994TV SeriesHerself
Fotogramas de Plata 931994TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Especial Nochevieja 1993: Este año cruz y raya... seguro1993TV MovieHerself - Performer
Navidades en familia1993TV ShortHerself
Loft1993TV SeriesMusical Guest
Querida Concha1993TV SeriesHerself
Ven al Paralelo1993TV SeriesHerself
Viéndonos1993TV SeriesHerself
Hurricane Relief1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fires Within1991Herself
Verano 901990TV SeriesHerself
Un dia és un dia1990TV SeriesHerself
¡1990!1990TV MovieHerself - Performer
Homenaje a Lola Flores1990TV MovieHerself
Celia Cruz: Guantanamera1989Video documentaryHerself
Sesame Street1987-1989TV SeriesHerself
Sesame Street, Special1988TV MovieHerself (segment "Put Down the Duckie")
Salsa1988Herself
The 30th Annual Grammy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Cap d'any a TV31986TV MovieHerself
Viva la salsa1986Documentary short
Àngel Casas Show1984TV SeriesHerself
Roots of Rhythm1984TV SeriesHerself
The Last Fight1983Herself
Beats of the Heart: Salsa1979TV Movie documentaryHerself
Salsa1976DocumentaryHerself
Celia Cruz and the Fania Allstars in Africa1974Herself
Galas del sábado1970TV SeriesHerself
¡Olé... Cuba!1957Herself (as Sonora Matancera con Celia Cruz)
Rincón criollo1950Herself (as Celia Cruz y su coro Mambo)
From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale2006TV MovieHerself
El Premio de la Gente2004TV MovieHerself - Singer
The Mark Twain Prize: Whoopi Goldberg2001TV MovieHerself
2nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Mundo VIP1996-2001TV SeriesHerself
Pavarotti & Friends for Afghanistan2001TV Special documentaryHerself
VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin2001TV SpecialHerself
Gala Raphael2001TV MovieHerself
Premio lo Nuestro a la música latina 20012001TV MovieHerself - Performer
Bailando con Xavier Cugat2001TV MovieHerself
Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert2000TV Special documentaryHerself
Noche de fiesta2000TV SeriesHerself
El informal2000TV SeriesHerself
Gala FAO 20002000TV MovieHerself
El rayo2000TV SeriesHerself
Pepsi Chart Latin America2000TV SeriesGuest
Cosas que importan2000TV SeriesHerself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar2000TV SeriesHerself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Felicidades: Navidad 20152015TV MovieHerself
The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentaryHerself - Musician
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2013-2015TV SeriesHerself
Banda sonora2012TV SeriesHerself
Una noche única2011TV MovieHerself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 25th Anniversary2011TV MovieHerself
Memòries de la tele2007-2010TV SeriesHerself
A polos 252010TV SeriesHerself
¡Feliz 2010! Cuéntame2009TV MovieHerself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 20092009TV MovieHerself
Soul Power2008DocumentaryHerself
Hispanic Youth Showcase 20082008TV SpecialHerself
Celia: The Queen2008DocumentaryHerself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHerself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood2007TV Movie documentaryEvalina Montoya (uncredited)
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHerself
Mega Especiales: Celia Cruz2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Querida Lola2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Pa'lante con Cristina2004TV SeriesHerself
¡Despierta América!2004TV SeriesHerself
Don Francisco presenta2004TV SeriesHerself
De pe a pa2003TV SeriesHerself
Sing Yourself Silly!1990Video shortHerself
Festival1972TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardImagen Foundation Awards
1987Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded 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
1Her powerful, singing contralto voice.
2Her shoes
3In her english speeches on stage, she started saying: "my english is not very good..." with her cuban accent.
4Catchphrase: "¡Azúcar!"
5Brightly colored costumes and wigs

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