Skip to main content


The Latina Book Club continues its Celebration of Cuba with a list of Famous Cuban Americans.  We were surprised at how many we could name off the top of our heads, and equally surprised by those we didn’t.  There are actors, fashion designers, sports figures, politicians and many more.  How many of these Famous Cubanos do you know?


1.   1.   Desi Arnaz – actor, producer, singer, band leader

2.    Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post

3.    Richard Blanco – inaugural poet

4.    Jose Canseco – Major League Baseball player

5.    Celia Cruz – actress and multiple Grammy winning singer

6.    Ted Cruz – Texas Senator who had his eyes on the White House

7.    Sammy Davis Jr. – actor, singer

8.    Rosario Dawson – Hollywood starlet

9.    René Echevarria – writer for Star Trek: The Next Generation and co-creator of The 4400

10. Gloria Estefan – seven time Grammy winning and Academy Award nominated singer and Broadway producer

11. Oscar Hijuelos – author best known for his book THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE

12. Cynthia Hudson – Vice President and General manager of CNN Espaňol

13. Danell Leyva – gymnast Rio bound

14. Anäis Nin – author best known for her book DELTA OF VENUS

15. Soledad O’Brien – broadcast journalist and producer

16. Pitbull -- rap and hip hop singer

  17.  Carlos Ponce -- actor last seen in the TV sitcom "Cristela"

      18. Narciso Rodriguez – fashion designer

19. Lola Sanchez – Confederate spy during American Civil War

20. Alisa Valdez-Rodriguez – author best known for her book THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB