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Gloria Estefan Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 September 1957Havana, Cuba
Birth NameGloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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.

Spouse (1)

Emilio Estefan Jr. (2 September 1978 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (28)

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]
Singer
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]
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.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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