NEW YORK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Celebra, a division of Penguin Group (USA), and People en Español will release today LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL (Celebra Hardcover; $29.95), a gorgeous bilingual book that immortalizes 100 icons in entertainment through full-color photos and essays.
Published in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL is a timeless collection that honors the twentieth century’s most notable Hispanics in entertainment-men and women who have made substantial and memorable contributions to film, theater, music and dance. From Jennifer Lopez to Celia Cruz, Desi Arnaz to Selena, People en Español and Celebra have created a stunning tribute that celebrates the diverse cultures of the 45 million Hispanics in America today. It covers several generations of well-loved stars, and is at once an homage to those who have passed away and a tribute to the living.
“LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL was over a century in the making, and it celebrates all of the triumphs, accolades and inroads of some of the most remarkable individuals the world has ever seen,” says Raymond Garcia, Publisher of Celebra. “As a fellow Hispanic, I can say that this book represents the legacy and pride that defines our origins and inspires our future.”
Armando Correa, Editor-in-Chief of People en Español, agrees, “This is a book of memories. Each photograph reflects the time and splendor of each legend. It is an homage, a tribute, and a celebration that brings the enduring past into the present.”
The celebrities honored in LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL include:
Vicente Fernandez – In 2007, this Mexican legend marked the 40th anniversary of his career, which includes 79 albums, tens of millions of records sold, and more than 30 film appearances.
Juanes – This Colombian musician skillfully fuses rock and roll with Latin rhythms and impressive lyrics. He’s also an influential humanitarian, having established the Mi Sangre Foundation to help victims of land mines as well as his country’s neediest children.
Julio Iglesias – Considered one of the most famous Spaniards in the world, Iglesias became the first and only singer to receive a Diamond Record from the Guinness Book of World Records for selling more records in more languages than any other artist.
Rita Moreno – The first Hispanic to win an Oscar (for West Side Story), Moreno went on to win every major award in the entertainment industry: a Grammy, a Tony, and two Emmys.
Shakira – The youngest legend to appear in the book, Shakira signed her first record deal at age 13 and now is so successful that the United World Chart named her the fourth most famous artist of the new millennium.
Argentinean actress, singer, dancer, and great beauty Libertad Lamarque once said that memory is a strange thing because it can fade away with time. But with the publication of LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL, she and 99 other legends are in no such danger.
About People en Español:
PEOPLE en Español was launched in 1996 as a special issue, and today has become the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Published 11 times a year, PEOPLE en Español’s guaranteed circulation is 515,000 and reaches more than six million readers every month with its editorial mix of Hispanic and popular entertainment, fashion and beauty trends, and compelling human-interest stories. PEOPLE en Español delivers original editorial content that captures the values, contributions and impact of today’s Hispanics in the U.S. For daily news, photos, exclusive behind-the-scenes video and celebrity scoops, visit www.PeopleEnEspanol.com – now also available in English.
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LEGENDS EN ESPAÑOL
by People en Español