MIAMI - Salsa legend Celia Cruz was refused an artist's visa to visit America at least twice in the 1950s, according to recently declassified documents.
Cruz, who died last summer of a brain tumor in her Fort Lee, N.J., home, was a star on the stage and airwaves with Cuba's celebrated Sonora Matancera band in the 1950s.
But the document in Cruz's once-classified 32-page FBI file said she "well-known communist singer and stage star," according to a story published Sunday by The Miami Herald.
The alleged activities predate Fidel Castro's communist revolution on the island, during a time when Cruz was in her teens and 20s. Cruz was later known as an anti-communist icon of the Cuban-American exile community...