Famous Cuban Women

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Find out more about the greatest Cuban Women, including Gloria Estefan, Vida Guerra, Lili Estefan, Cristina Saralegui and Mirta Diaz-Balart.
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Ana de Armas
(Actress)
Ana de Armas
74
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cuban and Spanish Actress Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Una Rosa de Francia’

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

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Christina Milian
(Actress, Singer & Songwriter)
Christina Milian
20
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Christina Milian is best known for her hit tracks A.M. to P.M. and Say I. Fans have also loved her performances in the movie Love Don't Cost a Thing, as Vanessa in Grandfathered, and as Christine Parks in The Oath. She co-owns Viva Diva Wines and a food truck business.
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Gloria Estefan
(Latin Pop Singer Who Earned Worldwide Success With "Conga" in 1985)
Gloria Estefan
51
Birthdate: September 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Three-time Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan was named one of Billboard’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Miami Sound Machine singer is known for her hits Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Don't Wanna Lose You. One of the best-selling Latin artists, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Celia Cruz
(One of the Most Popular Latin Artists of the 20th Century)
Celia Cruz
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Birthdate: October 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz was a Cuban-American singer who achieved popularity in Cuba as a singer of guarachas during the 1950s. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most famous Latin artists, Cruz was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa. She is also revered for popularizing Latin music in the USA. Celia Cruz also won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards. 

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Yvette Prieto
(Michael Jordan’s Wife)
Yvette Prieto
13
Birthdate: 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuba
Model Yvette Prieto gained fame working with renowned designers such as Alexander Wang. She appeared as herself in the documentary Cuba: An Island Apart. She is married to NBA legend Michael Jordan. Apart from her twin daughters with Jordan, she has three stepchildren from Jordan’s previous marriage.
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Assata Shakur
(American Political Activist and Member of the Black Liberation Army Who Was Convicted in the First-Degree Murder)
Assata Shakur
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Birthdate: July 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

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Daisy Fuentes
(MTV's First Latina VJ and the First Latina Spokesperson for Cosmetic Company 'Revlon')
Daisy Fuentes
12
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Cuban-American TV personality Daisy Fuentes became MTV's first Latina VJ and Revlon's first global Latina spokesperson. She also hosted America's Funniest Home Videos and later launched a clothing and haircare line. She has worked for cancer research and other charitable causes, too. She is married to singer Richard Marx.

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Anais Nin
(French-Born American Novelist, Diarist and Short Story Writer)
Anais Nin
10
Birthdate: February 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Died: January 14, 1977

French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, and novelist Anais Nin wrote several volumes of journals, erotica, novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. Her journals and diaries are among her most studied works. She had a deep interest in psychoanalysis and studied it extensively with René Allendy and Otto Rank. Critics consider her one of the finest writers of female erotica.

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Vida Guerra
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Birthdate: March 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Vida Guerra is a Cuban-born American model. As a young woman, she entered several fashion shows and started bagging modeling assignments. She became internationally famous after appearing in a lingerie spread for FHM in December 2002 and has since worked with many international brands. She has also appeared in a few TV shows.

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Danay García
(Actress)
Danay García
1
Birthdate: July 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Lili Estefan
(Model, T.V. Show Host)
Lili Estefan
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Birthdate: March 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Lili Estefan is a model who achieved popularity in 1986 when she was chosen to appear as a model on the Spanish-language TV show, Sábado Gigante. She then went on to become a popular model, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Premios TVyNovelas in 2015. She is one of the judges on a reality show titled Mira Quien Baila.

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Steven Bauer
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Manny Rivera’ in the Film ‘Scarface’)
Steven Bauer
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Birthdate: December 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Steven Bauer is a Cuban-American actor best known for playing Cuban drug lord, Manny Ribera, in the American crime drama film, Scarface, a film which gave him an opportunity to work with actors like Al Pacino. Bauer received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film. He then went on to establish himself as a serious actor.

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Alicia Alonso
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Birthdate: December 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 17, 2019
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Cristina Saralegui
(Journalist, Actor, Television actor)
Cristina Saralegui
2
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
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La Lupe
(Cuban Soul Singer Known for Her Energetic, Sometimes Controversial Performances)
La Lupe
4
Birthdate: December 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: February 29, 1992

La Lupe was a Cuban singer best remembered for her energetic and controversial live performances. She had a prolific and successful career throughout the 1960s and 1970s, during which she was one of the most acclaimed Latin singers in the United States. One of La Lupe's recordings was featured in the 1996 American comedy film The Birdcage.

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Cami-Li
(Model)
Cami-Li
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Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Livia Brito
(Actress)
Livia Brito
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Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ciego De Avila, Cuba
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Omara Portuondo
(Cuban singer)
Omara Portuondo
2
Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Omara Portuondo is a Cuban dancer and singer best known as one of the founding members of a vocal group called Cuarteto d'Aida. Renowned for her versatality, Portuondo has experimented with various styles from boleros to jazz. In 2009, she received the prestigious Latin Grammy Award. In 2019, Omara Portuondo was honored with a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Vilma Espín
(Cuban Revolutionary, Feminist, and Chemical Engineer Who Helped Organize the '26th of July Movement')
Vilma Espín
1
Birthdate: April 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: June 18, 2007

Vilma Espín Guillois was a Cuban revolutionary, chemical engineer, and feminist. She is best remembered as an adamant feminist who helped organize a vanguard revolutionary organization called 26th of July Movement, which later became a political party. Vilma Espín also helped establish the Federation of Cuban Women. She also advocated equal rights for women in all aspects of life.

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Niurka Marcos
(Singer, Dancer, Actress)
Niurka Marcos
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Birthdate: November 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Niurka Marcos is a Cuban singer, actress, dancer, and vedette. She is best known for her portrayal of Karicia in a Mexican soap opera titled Salomé, which earned her a TVyNovelas Award in 2002. Niurka Marcos became a household name in Cuba and Mexico after appearing in the popular TV show Big Brother México in 2004.

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Carmen Reinhart
(Economist)
Carmen Reinhart
1
Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Mariela Castro
(psychologist, educator, university teacher, journalist)
Mariela Castro
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Birthdate: July 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Havana
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Lisette Oropesa
(Opera singer)
Lisette Oropesa
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Birthdate: September 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Lisette Oropesa is an American operatic soprano who has a wide range of repertoire that includes works from Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Gluck. Oropesa has performed numerous roles in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. She is best known for her portrayal of Susanna from The Marriage of Figaro and Lucia from Lucia di Lammermoor.

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Celia Sánchez
(Revolutionary, Politician)
Celia Sánchez
1
Birthdate: May 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Media Luna, Cuba
Died: January 11, 1980

Celia Sánchez was a Cuban revolutionary, researcher, politician, and archivist. A close colleague of Fidel Castro, Sánchez played an important role in the Cuban Revolution. She was one of the founders of a revolutionary organization called 26th of July Movement. She was also the first woman to become a part of the guerilla. Sánchez is considered a heroine in Cuba.

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Marta Fernandez Miranda de Batista
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Birthdate: November 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba
Died: October 2, 2006
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Mirta Díaz–Balart
(Fidel Castro's Ex-wife)
Mirta Díaz–Balart
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Birthdate: September 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banes, Cuba

Daughter of prominent Cuban politician Rafael José Díaz-Balart, Mirta Díaz-Balart had first met revolutionary Fidel Castro at the University of Havana. After a 7-year marriage, she divorced Fidel while he was in prison following an attempted attack on the Moncada Barracks to oust Fulgencio Batista. They had a son together.

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Rocío Monasterio
(Architect, Businesswoman)
Rocío Monasterio
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Birthdate: February 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba

Rocío Monasterio is a Spanish-Cuban businesswoman, architect, and right wing politician. Monasterio is currently leading the Madrid branch of a political party called Vox and is serving as a Member of the Assembly of Madrid. An architect by training, Rocío Monasterio designed the house where she is currently living with her family.

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Chelo Alonso
(Former actress known for playing femmes fatales with fiery tempers and sensual dance scenes)
Chelo Alonso
0
Birthdate: April 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba
Died: February 20, 2019
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Raquel Olmedo
(Actress, Singer)
Raquel Olmedo
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Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caibarién, Las Villas, Cuba

Raquel Olmedo is a Cuban-born Mexican actress who achieved popularity during the last few years of Mexican cinema's Golden Age. She is best known for her portrayal of Doña Ramona González in the telenovela Abismo de pasión, which earned her the TVyNovelas Award. In 1984, Olmedo was inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias for her television work.
 

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Malillany Marín
(Actress, Model)
Malillany Marín
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Birthdate: December 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Karla Cossío
(Actress)
Karla Cossío
0
Birthdate: June 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Tania Bruguera
(Performance artist)
Tania Bruguera
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Birthdate: July 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Annia Hatch
(Artistic gymnast)
Annia Hatch
1
Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guantanamo Guantánamo, Cuba

Cuban-born gymnast Annia Hatch initially represented Cuba, winning the first World Championship medal for her country. Following the refusal of the Cuban authorities to send her to the Atlanta Olympics, she married an American, emigrated to the US, and won 2 Olympic medals for the US, after a 5-year hiatus.

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Fannie Kauffman
(Actress, Comedian)
Fannie Kauffman
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Birthdate: April 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: February 21, 2009
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Olga Guillot
(Singer)
Olga Guillot
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Birthdate: October 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Died: July 12, 2010

Olga Guillot was a Cuban singer best remembered as an exponent of bolero music. Nicknamed the queen of bolero, Guillot was honored with the Golden Palm Award in 1963 under the best bolero singer of Latin America category. The following year, Olga Guillot became the first Latin singer to perform in the famed Carnegie Hall.

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Haydée Santamaría
(Cuban Revolutionary and One of the Most Prominent Women in Cuba Under the Government of 'Fidel Castro')
Haydée Santamaría
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Birthdate: December 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Encrucijada, Cuba
Died: July 28, 1980

Haydée Santamaría was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who is considered a heroine in post-revolutionary Cuba. She was among a small group of people who took part in the attack on Moncada Barracks on July 26, 1953, in Santiago de Cuba. Haydée Santamaría was also one of the first women to become a part of the Communist Party of Cuba.

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Regla Torres
(Volleyball player)
Regla Torres
0
Birthdate: February 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
(poet, writer, playwright)
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
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Birthdate: March 23, 1814
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 1, 1873
Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda was a Cuban-born Spanish writer best remembered for her 1841 antislavery novel Sab. A prolific writer, Avellaneda also wrote numerous poems and about 20 plays. Her works were considered scandalous in Cuba because of its unconventional approach to society and recurrent themes of interracial love. 
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Yoani Sánchez
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Birthdate: September 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Yoani Sánchez is a Cuban blogger best known for her critical depiction of life in Cuba, which has earned her multiple international awards. Her blog Generación Y is available in 17 languages. In 2008, Yoani Sánchez was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

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Daína Chaviano
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Birthdate: February 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Daína Chaviano is a Cuban-American writer best known for her fantasy and science fiction books. Along with Elia Barceló and Angélica Gorodischer, Chaviano is often counted among the three most prominent female science fiction and fantasy writers in the Spanish language. Over the course of her career, Daína Chaviano has won many prestigious awards including the International Dublin Literary Award.

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Amalia Aguilar
(Dancer, Actress, Comedian)
Amalia Aguilar
0
Birthdate: July 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Matanzas, Cuba
Died: November 8, 2021
Dulce María Loynaz
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Birthdate: December 10, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: April 27, 1997

Dulce María Loynaz was a Cuban poet best remembered as one of the leading figures of Cuban literature. Her contribution to Cuban literature earned her the prestigious National Prize for Literature in 1987. Dulce María Loynaz also received several other prestigious awards such as the Miguel de Cervantes Prize and National Culture Distinctive Award.
 

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Lydia Cabrera
(Cuban Writer and Anthropologist)
Lydia Cabrera
0
Birthdate: May 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: September 19, 1991

Lydia Cabrera was a Cuban independent ethnographer, writer, and literary activist. Cabrera published more than 100 books, including her most important work El Monte, the first major ethnographic study of herbalism, religion, and Afro-Cuban traditions. Lydia Cabrera’s research materials and papers were given to the Cuban Heritage Collection, which is part of the University of Miami's library.

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Mireya Luis
(Volleyball player)
Mireya Luis
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Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camaguey, Cuba
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Malu Trevejo
(Cuban Singer and Dancer)
Malu Trevejo
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Birthdate: October 15, 2002
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Malu Trevejo is a Cuban-born American singer and social media star. She achieved international recognition as a TikTok star, which paved the way for a career in music. Her popularity increased after the release of her song Luna Llena, which has gathered more than 100 million views on YouTube. Malu Trevejo is currently signed to Atlantic Records.

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Mirtha Jung
(Ex-wife of George Jung)
Mirtha Jung
13
Birthplace: Cuba

Growing up in a notorious part of Cuba, Mirtha Jung was already a drug addict by the time she met George Jung of the infamous Medellin cartel, which smuggled drugs into the U.S. She participated in George’s dealings and was even jailed. The 2001 film Blow depicted her life story.

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Nydia Stone
(Model, Wife of Roger Stone)
Nydia Stone
4
Birthdate: May 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Claudia Sampedro
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Birthdate: October 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Dalia Soto del Valle
(Fidel Castro's Second Wife)
Dalia Soto del Valle
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Melba Hernández
(Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam and Politician)
Melba Hernández
1
Birthdate: July 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cruces, Cuba
Died: March 9, 2014

Melba Hernández was a Cuban diplomat and politician. She is best remembered for her service as the Ambassador to Cambodia and Vietnam during the Fidel Castro regime in the 1980s. Melba Hernández was also an active participant in the Cuban Revolution; she was among the best-known women that fought in the Revolutionary war against Fulgencio Batista alongside Fidel Castro.