Born Ursula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, Celia Cruz is a household name. In her almost 60-year career, she broke records and amassed over 100 awards. The Cuban superstar recorded over 70 albums—23 of them certified gold, and others platinum. She was in countless TV shows, and films, won three Grammys (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award) and four Latin Grammys, had three streets named after her.
The Guarachera de Cuba was a winner. An innovator. An original. She accomplished so much, and has served as an inspiration to so many. In celebration of her October 21 birthday (she would have been 93), here are nine fabulous moments in the amazing life of Celia Cruz–the Queen of Salsa, and the Queen of Latin Music.