Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan
Background information
Birth name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García
Born September 1, 1957 (1957-09-01) (age 56)
Havana, Cuba
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres Latin pop, dance-pop, pop, dance, EDM
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, hotelier, restauranteur, writer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, percussion
Years active 1977–present
Labels Epic (1977–2006)
Burgundy (2007–2010)
Crescent Moon / Verve Forecast (2011–present)
Associated acts Emilio Estefan
Miami Sound Machine
Jon Secada
Celia Cruz
Lili Estefan

Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan, known mostly as Gloria Estefan (born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. She is known as the "Queen Of Latin Pop".[1][2][3] Estefan has won multiple Grammy Awards. The singer was a member of Miami Sound Machine in the 1980s. She is in the top 100 best selling music artists with over 100 million albums sold worldwide.[4] Currently, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music.

Early life[change | edit source]

She was born Gloria Fajardo on September 1, 1957, in Havana, Cuba. As a toddler, Estefan fled Cuba with her family when Communist dictator Fidel Castro rose to power. Her father, Jose Manuel Fajardo, had been a Cuban soldier and bodyguard of former President Fulgencio Batista. Her maternal grandfather, Leonardo García, immigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain. He married Gloria's maternal grandmother in Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain. Her maternal grandmother is originally from Logroño, Spain.[5][6]

After coming to the United States, Fajardo was recruited into the 2506 Brigade, a Central Intelligence Agency-funded band of Cuban refugees that was involved in the unsuccessful 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion. After President John F. Kennedy negotiated the release of the captured soldiers, Fajardo rejoined his family. He eventually joined the U.S. Army and served for two years in Vietnam.

As a child Estefan liked to write poetry, and though she took classical guitar lessons, she found them tedious. She had no idea that she would some day become a popular music star, but music played a very important role for her as a teenager.

After her father's return from Vietnam, he was diagnosed as having multiple sclerosis, possibly as a result of having been exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange while serving in the army. Estefan's mother, who had been a teacher in Cuba, worked to support the family during the day and attended school at night. Young Gloria was left to take care of her father and younger sister. She had little social life, and because she felt the weight of such responsibilities she turned to music as a release.

"When my father was ill, music was my escape," Estefan told Washington Post reporter Richard Harrington. "I would lock myself up in my room for hours and just sing. I wouldn't cry—I refused to cry...Music was the only way I had to just let go, so I sang for fun and for emotional catharsis."

Estefan said in an interview, that she is not affiliated with any political party.[7]

Discography[change | edit source]

Albums discography[change | edit source]

Studio albums

Release date Title
1984
Eyes of Innocence
1985
Primitive Love
1987
Let It Loose / Anything for You
1989
Cuts Both Ways
1991
Into The Light
1993
Mi Tierra
1994
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
1995
Abriendo Puertas
1996
Destiny
1998
gloria!
2000
Alma Caribeña
2003
Unwrapped
2007
90 Millas
2011
Miss Little Havana

Filmography[change | edit source]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Music of the Heart Isabel Vazquez Debut acting performance
2000 Little Angelita Voice Narrator Animated Short Film
For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Emilia Television film
2003 Famous: The Making of Unwrapped Herself Album documentary
2007 90 Millas Documentary Herself Album documentary
2008 Marley & Me Herself Cameo appearance
2009 G-Force Juárez Voice in the Latin-American version of the film[8]
2010 Recording: The History Of Recorded Music Herself Documentary
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Club Med - One episode
1989 Postcard From Miami with Clive James Herself One episode
1993 The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna Herself
2000 Frasier Maria One episode: "Something About Dr. Mary"
2005 A Capitol Fourth Herself
2009 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Herself One episode: "Rosie and Gloria and Griffin... Oh My!"
2010 The Marriage Ref Herself One episode
2011 The X Factor Herself Cameo Miami Auditions
2012 Glee Mrs. Maribel Lopez Episode: "Goodbye"

Videography[change | edit source]

  • Video Exitos (1986) L.D.L Enterprises
  • Homecoming Concert (1989) CMV
  • Evolution (1990) CMV
  • Coming Out Of The Dark (1991) SMV
  • Into The Light World Tour (1992) SMV
  • Everlasting Gloria! (1995) EMV
  • The Evolution Tour Live In Miami (1996) EMV
  • Don't Stop (1998) EMV
  • Que siga la tradición (2001) EMV
  • Live In Atlantis (2002) EMV
  • Famous (2003) (Video journal about making-of Unwrapped LP; included in CD package)
  • Live & Unwrapped (2004) EMV

Books[change | edit source]

  • The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (2005) ISBN 0-06-082623-1.
  • Noelle's Treasure Tale: A New Magically Mysterious Adventure (2006)
  • Estefan's Kitchen (2008)

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