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Celia Cruz (I) (1924–2003)

Celia Cruz was born on October 21, 1924 in Havana, Cuba as Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso. She was married to Pedro Knight. She died on July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA. See full bio »

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Amores Perros
Amores Perros Soundtrack
Carlito's Way
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Tower Heist
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 2013-2015 Tu cara me suena - Argentina (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #3.1 (2015) ... (writer: "Que le den candela")
- Episode #2.21 (2014) ... (writer: "Que le den candela")
- Episode #1.1 (2013) ... (writer: "La vida es un carnaval")
 2015 Looking (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Looking for Results (2015) ... (writer: "La vida es un carnival" - uncredited)
 2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Finals: Part 1 (2014) ... ("La Vida Es Un Carnival") / (writer: "La Vida Es Un Carnival")
- Week 6: Pitbull Night (2014) ... ("La Vida Es Un Carnival") / (writer: "La Vida Es Un Carnival")
 2014 Dirty Cops: Ta Batsonia: A Greek Novel About Crisis (Video) (performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval")
 2013 American Music Awards 2013 (TV Special) (writer: "La Vida es un Carnival")
 2013 You're so Vain, my Men!! - Les Coquettes - Ta Psonia (Video short) (performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval")
 2013 Treloi Enwmenoi Pote Nikimenoi!! Karnvalia 2013 (Video short) (performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval")
 2012 Dirty Cops-Ta Batsonia: The Vengeance (Video short) (performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval")
 2012 The Liability (performer: "Cao Cao Mani Picao")
 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.5 (2012) ... (performer: "Oye como va")
 2011 Una noche única (TV Movie) (performer: "Celia's Oye come va")
 2011 Tower Heist (performer: "Quimbara")
 2008-2011 So You Think You Can Dance Canada (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Top 10 Performance (2011) ... (performer: "Bemba Colora")
- Top 14 (2009) ... (performer: "Rie y Llora")
- Top 10 (2008) ... (performer: "Quimbara")
- Top 20 Results (2008) ... (performer: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao")
 2007-2010 Memòries de la tele (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Episode #5.2 (2010) ... (performer: "Yo viviré")
- Episode #3.30 (2009) ... (performer: "Oriza")
- Episode #2.9 (2007) ... (performer: "Cruz de navajas")
- Episode #2.5 (2007) ... (performer: "Bamboleo")
 2006-2010 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 7 episodes)
- 1 of 10 Voted Off (2010) ... (performer: "Quimbara")
- 1 of 11 Voted Off (2010) ... (performer: "La Guarachera")
- Two of 16 Voted Off (2009) ... (performer: "Celia y Tito")
- The Top 16 Perform (2009) ... (performer: "Quimbara")
- The Top 20 Perform (2008) ... (performer: "Oye Como Va (Latin/Trance Mix)")
 2008 Nothing Like the Holidays (performer: "La Medicina Cubana")
 2008 Soul Power (Documentary) (performer: "Quimbara")
 2008 A Previous Engagement (performer: "Bamboleo", "Cuba Que Lindo Son Tus Paisajes")
 2008/I Sugar (performer: "Azucar Negra")
 2007 Gabriel Iglesias: Hot and Fluffy (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited) / (writer: "Rie Y Llora" - uncredited)
 2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) (performer: "Quimbara")
 2004 Los Sánchez (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Los Sánchez (2004) ... (performer: "Ríe y llora")
 2003 Chasing Papi (performer: "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" (Remix))
 2002 Antwone Fisher (performer: "La Vida es un Carnaval" (1998))
 2002 Sweethearts (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.134 (2002) ... (performer: "Yo viviré" - uncredited)
 2001 Lantana (performer: "Te Busco" (1993))
 2000 Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert (TV Special documentary) (performer: "Tres Gotas De Agua Bendita")
 2000 Crónica de un desayuno (performer: "Un Poco Más")
 2000 Amores Perros (performer: "La vida es un carnaval")
 1999 Summer Video Jams (Video) (performer: "Me Estan Hablando Del Cielo")
 1999 Neighbours (TV Series) ("La Vida es un Carnaval")
 1998 L'ennui (performer: "Melao de Cana")
 1997 Las damas del swing (Video short) (performer: "Que Le Den Candela")
 1997 ¿De qué se ríen las mujeres? (performer: "Cruz de navajas")
 1996 Blood and Wine (performer: "Quimbara" (1978))
 1996 Eye for an Eye (performer: "Burunbanga")
 1995 Blue in the Face (performer: "Yemaya")
 1994 The Cowboy Way (performer: "Sazon", "Ochun Con Chango")
 1994 A Million to Juan (performer: "AZUCAR NEGRA")
 1993 Carlito's Way (performer: "Vieja Luna")
 1992 The Mambo Kings (performer: "Melao De Cana", "La Dicha Mia", "Guantanamera")
 1991 Fires Within (performer: "Pun Pun Catafu", "Quimbara", "Bambaraka Tunga")
 1991 One Good Cop (performer: "Quimbara")
 1990 Sing Yourself Silly! (Video short) (performer: "Put Down the Duckie" (1986) - uncredited)
 1988 Sesame Street, Special (TV Movie) (performer: "Put Down the Duckie")
 1988 Salsa (performer: "Son Matamoros")
 1987 The Believers (performer: "Toro Mata")
 1986 Something Wild (performer: "Loco de Amor")
 1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel (performer: "Come Down to Miami")
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Eastern Airlines (late-1970s) See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sonora Matancera con Celia Cruz | Celia Cruz y su coro Mambo

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"I wanted to be a mother, a teacher and a housewife. But when I began to sing with La Sonora Matancera, I thought, this is my chance, and I'm going to do it." (interview with New York Times where she explained her reasons for becoming the lead singer of the famous Salsa band, La Sonora Matancera).


She was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013 for her services to arts and entertainment. See more »


Her powerful, singing contralto voice. See more »


The Queen of Salsa Music See more »

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