Gloria Estefan(Gloria Fajardo)
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Cuban-American singer, founder of the Miami Sound Machine, and perhaps the most successful performer to cross over from Latin music to American pop. The group earned Grammy Awards and enormous success for their albums Mi Tierra (1993) and Abriendo Puertas (1995), and has recorded a wide variety of Latin-influenced and more mainstream American pop. Known as the Queen of Latin Pop, Estefan has overcome a great deal of adversity in her life, most notably a bus accident that left her with a broken back from which she has since recovered. She made her acting debut in the 1999 Meryl Streep film, Music of the Heart. In 2004, she released Unwrapped and announced her final tour. She also published her first children's book about her dog Noelle.