Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso was a Cuban singer and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, gaining twenty-three gold albums during her career. She received a star on the "Walk of Fame" in Hollywood. U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded her the National Medal of Arts in 1994. She was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa", "La Guarachera de Cuba", as well as "The Queen of Latin Music." Celia Cruz spent much of her career working in the United States and several Latin American countries. Leila Cobo of Billboard magazine once said: "Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music." She was an ambassador for the variety and vitality of the music of her native Havana, and after the Cuban revolution, she became a symbol of artistic freedom for Cuban American exiles. She died of brain cancer in 2003.