On what would have been “La Reina De La Salsa” Celia Cruz’s 88th birthday, search giant Google honored her today with her own Doodle on their heavily-trafficked homepage. Cruz, whose career spanned more than five decades, has been featured in countless movies including “Mambo Kings,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Antwone Fisher,” and “Chasing Papi.”
“There have been many posthumous tributes to Celia in these last ten years, but this one by Google is certainly one of the most important and far-reaching,” said Omer Pardillo-Cid, the sole executor of the Celia Cruz Estate, in a statement. “The creation of her very own Google Doodle, an honor bestowed on a select few who have made special contributions to mankind, is a testament of her significance, not just musically, but culturally. She would have loved it!”
By clicking on the Doodle today, you will be taken a page offering links to various websites dedicated to “La Guarachera de Cuba,” including one from the Smithsonian Institution that takes you to a virtual tour of their exhibit, “Azucar: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.” It is available in both English and Spanish.
To hear the sounds of the multiple award winner, who died in 2003, watch the film “Amores Perros” starring Gael Garcia Bernal below.