Gloria Estefan

Cuban-American Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Businesswoman
Born 1957 • Latin Dance and Pop Music

Fast Facts

  • Born Gloria Fajardo in Havana, Cuba
  • Immigrated to the USA in 1959, became a US Citizen in 1974
  • Studied classical guitar as a child, and found it boring!
  • At age 18, she started singing with the Miami Latin Boys, later called the Miami Sound Machine
  • Married keyboardist Emilio Estefan in 1978
  • Injured in a major bus accident in 1990, and made a full recovery!
  • Awards include: 3 Grammys, MTV Video Music Award, American Music Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Presidential Medal of Freedom, an honorary doctorate from the University of Miami, and many more!
  • Co- produced the Broadway musical On Your Feet!