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Also Known As: Gloria Mara Milagrosa Fajardo Garca, Gloria Fajardo Died:
Born: September 1, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Havana, , CU Profession: singer, actor

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An internationally renowned pop star, Gloria Estefan paved the way for Spanish-speaking artists to dominate the music charts. She first captured millions of hearts as the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, performing Top 10 hits such as "Conga" (1985), "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" (1987), and "Don't Wanna Lose You" (1989). Blending Latin, dance and adult contemporary styles, Estefan remained a major force in the music industry until a tragic bus accident in 1990 that left her with broken vertebrae. Her courage and determination helped Estefan survive the crash, and it was not long after until she reemerged with the inspirational single "Coming Out of the Dark" (1991). The Grammy Award-winning artist also made successful attempts at acting and entrepreneurial ventures, yet it was her talent, charisma, and grace that made Estefan one of the most influential female artists of her generation.

An internationally renowned pop star, Gloria Estefan paved the way for Spanish-speaking artists to dominate the music charts. She first captured millions of hearts as the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, performing Top 10 hits such as "Conga" (1985), "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" (1987), and "Don't Wanna Lose You" (1989). Blending Latin, dance and adult contemporary styles, Estefan remained a major force in the music industry until a tragic bus accident in 1990 that left her with broken vertebrae. Her courage and determination helped Estefan survive the crash, and it was not long after until she reemerged with the inspirational single "Coming Out of the Dark" (1991). The Grammy Award-winning artist also made successful attempts at acting and entrepreneurial ventures, yet it was her talent, charisma, and grace that made Estefan one of the most influential female artists of her generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Celia the Queen (2008)
3.
 Music of the Heart (1999) Isabel Vasquez
6.
 VH1 Divas (2004)
7.
 American Idol: The Phenomenon (2004) Interviewee
8.
 Miss Universe 2004 Pageant (2004) Performer
9.
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1977:
Began singing with the Miami Sound Machine (then billed as the Miami Latin Boys with Gloria Estefan)
1984:
Miami Sound Machine released first English language album <i>Eyes of Innocence</i>, featuring the dance hit "Dr. Beat"
1985:
Achieved crossover success with the Miami Sound Machine album <i>Primitive Love</i> and its hit singles "Conga," "Bad Boy," and the ballad "Words Get in the Way"
1987:
Released the multi-platinum selling <i>Let It Loose</i>, featuring "Anything for You" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
1988:
Group's name changed to Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
1989:
Released first album credited as solo artist <i>Cuts Both Ways</i>
1990:
Critically injured near Scranton, PA when a speeding semi-truck crashed into her tour bus
1991:
Released comeback album <i>Into the Light</i> and the inspirational hit "Coming Out of the Dark"
1993:
First Spanish language album as a solo artist, <i>Mi Tierra</i>
1994:
Recorded a cover disco hit "Turn the Beat Around" originally performed by Vicki Sue Robinson in 1976; track was included in the covers album <i>Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me</i>
1998:
Featured in the very first "Divas Live: An Honors Concert for VH1 Save the Music" alongside Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Shania Twain
1999:
Film acting debut, "Music of the Heart" opposite Meryl Streep; also sang film's theme song with *NSYNC
2000:
Co-starred with Andy Garcia in the biographical drama "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story"
2003:
Released first English language album in five years <i>Unwrapped</i>
2009:
Along with husband Emilio, bought a small ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins
2011:
Celebrated her Latin-dance-pop roots with <i>Miss Little Havana</i>
2012:
Guest starred on musical comedy series "Glee" (Fox)
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Education

University of Miami: Miami , Florida -

Notes

Her official website is at www.gloriafan.com

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husband:
Emilio Estefan. Married in 1978.

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father:
Jose Manuel Fajardo. Soldier. Had been part of regiment assigned to protect Fulgencio Baptista when he was in power; fled Cuba with family when Castro came to power; later worked with the CIA and served in Vietnam; diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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