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Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan (born September 1, 1957), known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban-born American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She started off her career as the leading vocalist in the group called "Miami Latin Boys" which was eventually known as Miami Sound Machine. Her breakthrough success with "Conga" in 1985 made her known worldwide. It won the grand prix in the 15th annual Tokyo Music Festival in Japan. This is also her signature song. In the summer of 1988 she and the band got their first number-one hit for the song "Anything For You". She has a Contralto vocal range.
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Latin pop, Dance-Pop, Pop, Dance, Edm
Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Percussion
Epic, Burgundy, Crescent Moon, Verve Forecast, Sony Masterworks
Emilio Estefan, Miami Sound Machine
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Dance-Pop, Dance, Edm
Guitar, Drums, Percussion
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Date of Birth 1 September 1957, Havana, Cuba
Birth Name Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García
Height 5' (1.52 m)
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Gloria Estefan was born on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba as Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García. She has been married to Emilio Estefan Jr. since September 2, 1978. They have two children.
Emilio Estefan Jr. (2 September 1978 - present) (2 children)
Named after her mother
Has one sister, Becky
Together with her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., won the court case for the right to use the name Bongo Cuban Cafe for the cafe they own in Disney World. They were sued by makers of Bongo blue jeans for trademark infringement. [February 1998]
Children: Nayib Estefan (born on 2 Sept 1980) and Emily Marie Estefan (born on 5 Dec 1994).
Tour bus crash left her with a broken back. [March 1990]
Her band is The Miami Sound Machine.
Graduated from the University of Miami
Father was a Vietnam veteran and died of suspected exposure to agent-orange
Filmed a commercial with her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., for the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain, before reaching stardom.
Got one of her first television appearances, courtesy of actress/singer Iris Chacón and her show, El show de Iris Chacon (1972).
Her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., was her first and only boyfriend.
(Feb 24, 2002) Perfomed at The Olympics; this is her third time perfoming there.
Once worked as a translator for the U. S. Customs Service at Miami airport.
Ranked #81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Attended high school at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Catholic School in South Miami, Florida. Other later students were Maggie Rodriguez and Ana Villafañe (who is portraying Gloria in the Broadway premiere of the musical based on her life, Get on Your Feet).
In the 1950s, her father Jose Fajardo was a personal bodyguard to the first lady of Cuba, the wife of president Fulgencio Batista. Following Fidel Castro's Revolution in 1959, Jose was captured in the futile 1962 Bay of Pigs invasion that sought to free Cuba from Communist rule. He was held prisoner until an exchange was arranged soon after by U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Son, Nayib Estefan, is a film major at UCLA.
Lives on Star Island in Miami
Her mother, Gloria Garcia Perez de Fajardo, is critical condition in the hospital [October 15, 2007].
In 2006, she donated $1 million to the Miami Paralysis Project.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Bought a minority ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins with her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr. (22 June 2009).
Aunt of Lili Estefan.
July 2012 became a grandmother for the first time.
Recently opened a new hotel, Costa d'Este on the barrier island of Vero Beach.
Lives on Star Island near Miami Florida.
Part owner of the restaurant Larios on the Beach in Miami Beach.
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[on starring in a movie based on singer Connie Francis] She isn't in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and yet she was the first pop star worldwide, recorded in nine languages. She has done a lot of things for victims' rights since her rape in the '70s . . . There's a major story there.
Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García; September 1, 1957) is a Cuban American singer/songwriter & actress top 100 best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide, 26.5 million of those in the United States alone. She has won seven Grammy Awards, she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date. Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo was born September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, from Jose and Gloria Fajardo. Her maternal grandfather, Leonardo Garcia, emigrated to Cuba from Pola de Siero, Asturias, Spain, where he married Gloria`s maternal grandmother, originally from Logroño, Spain. Gloria became romantically involved with the Miami Sound Machine`s band leader, Emilio Estefan, in 1976. She and Emilio married on September 2, 1978. They have a son, Nayib (born September 2, 1980) and a daughter, Emily Marie (born December 5, 1994). The family lives in the exclusive Star Island section of Miami Beach, Florida.
In 1984, Miami Sound Machine released their first Epic/Columbia album, Eyes Of Innocence, which contained the dance hit "Dr. Beat" as well as the ballad "I Need Your Love". Their more successful follow-up album Primitive Love was released in 1985 launching three Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Conga" (U.S. #10), "Words Get In The Way” (U.S. #5), and "Bad Boy" (U.S. #8) became follow up hits in the U.S. and around the world. Their next album, 1987’s Let It Loose, went multi-platinum, with six million copies sold in the US. It featured the following hits: "Anything For You" (#1 Hot 100), "1, 2, 3" (#3 Hot 100), "Betcha Say That" (#36 Hot 100), "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (#5 Hot 100), and "Can`t Stay Away From You" (#6 Hot 100). In late 1989, she released her best-selling album to date, Cuts Both Ways. The album included the hit singles "Don`t Wanna Lose You" (a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit), "Oye mi Canto (Hear my Voice)", "Here We Are", "Cuts Both Ways" (#1 on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart) and "Get on Your Feet". In 1999 Estefan performed a duet with *NSYNC on the single "Music Of My Heart", which was featured in a movie in which she also appeared, Music of the Heart. The song reached #2 on the Billboard chart and was nominated for an Academy Award.
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Soundtrack (100 credits)
Actress (7 credits)
Composer (3 credits)
Director (2 credits)
Writer (1 credit)
Music department (1 credit)
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Married||Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan Jr. have been married since 2nd Sep 1978.|||