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Celia Cruz

Celia CruzBorn: 21-Oct-1924
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: 16-Jul-2003
Location of death: Fort Lee, NJ
Cause of death: Cancer - Brain
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: Black [1]
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Queen of Salsa


[1] While ethnically Hispanic, Cruz is of black African racial descent. See Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Africana (2005), calling her a "Cuban-born, African-American vocalist." And also, Alan West-Durán, African Caribbeans (2003), page 67, calling her "Afro-Cuban."

Father: Simon Cruz
Mother: Catalina Alfonza
Husband: Salsero Pedro Knight (trumpeter, m. 14-Jul-1962, d. 3-Feb-2007)

    National Medal of Arts 1994
    Brain Surgery (Dec-2002)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Perez Family (12-May-1995) · Luz Paz
    The Mambo Kings (28-Feb-1992)
    Fires Within (28-Jun-1991) · Herself
    Salsa (7-May-1988) · Herself
    Affair in Havana (1-Oct-1957)



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