Gloria Estefan's Interesting Facts

1 Part owner of the restaurant Larios on the Beach in Miami Beach.
2 Lives on Star Island near Miami Florida.
3 Recently opened a new hotel, Costa d'Este on the barrier island of Vero Beach.
4 July 2012 became a grandmother for the first time.
5 Aunt of Lili Estefan.
6 Bought a minority ownership stake in the Miami Dolphins with her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr. (22 June 2009).
7 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
8 In 2006, she donated $1 million to the Miami Paralysis Project.
9 Her mother, Gloria Garcia Perez de Fajardo, is critical condition in the hospital [October 15, 2007].
10 Lives on Star Island in Miami
11 Son, Nayib Estefan, is a film major at UCLA.
12 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.
13 Attended high school at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy Catholic School in South Miami, Florida. Other later students were Maggie Rodriguez and Ana Villafañe.
14 Ranked #81 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
15 Once worked as a translator for the U. S. Customs Service at Miami airport.
16 (Feb 24, 2002) Perfomed at The Olympics; this is her third time perfoming there.
17 Her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., was her first and only boyfriend.
18 Got one of her first television appearances, courtesy of actress/singer Iris Chacón and her show, El show de Iris Chacon (1972).
19 Filmed a commercial with her husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., for the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain, before reaching stardom.
20 Father was a Vietnam veteran and died of suspected exposure to agent-orange
21 Graduated from the University of Miami
22 Her band is The Miami Sound Machine.
23 Tour bus crash left her with a broken back. [March 1990]
24 Children: Nayib Estefan (born on 2 Sept 1980) and Emily Marie Estefan (born on 5 Dec 1994).
25 Singer
26 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]
27 Has one sister, Becky
28 Named after her mother
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