Cuban singer, musician, and film, TV and stage actress who was her nation's most beloved performer for half a century.
She came from an affluent family and spent her early years studying English, Italian, and French.
She was an accomplished pianist who received several awards for her work and studied at Havana's Peyrellade Conservatory.
She had two sons with her first husband, Alberto Fernández Díaz.
She starred in Al Jolson's Broadway musical Wonder Bar.