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Dalia and Fidel Castro

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News Updates:

2/19/08: Fidel Castro resigned his position as Cuba's president.

Although together for many years, Dalia and Fidel Castro were not married until 1980 in a quiet ceremony.

>Here's information about their marriage, Fidel's children, and his other relationships.

Born:

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz: August 13, 1926 on a farm called Birán, near Nipe Bay in the modern-day Province of Holguin of Cuba. Some sources state the place of his birth as near Mayari, in the Oriente Province.
Source: History.ca

Dalia Soto del Valle: Born abt. mid-1940s. Dalia is from the south-central city of Trinidad.

How Fidel and Dalia Met:

Dalia and Fidel met in 1961 during his literacy campaigns when she was a secretary in the Sugar Workers' Union.

Wedding Date:

Fidel and Dalia were married quietly in 1980.

Children:

Fidel has eight children and around a dozen grandchildren.
  • Fidel "Fidelito" Castro Diaz-Balart: Born on September 1, 1949. Studied nuclear physics. His mother is Mirta Díaz-Balart.
  • Alina Fernández-Revuelta: Born on March 3, 1956. Her mother is Natalia "Naty" Revuelta. She has been a radio personality in Miami, Florida and is the author of Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba.
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  • Alexis Castro Soto del Valle: He is a computer programmer. His mother is Dalia Soto del Valle.
  • Alexander Castro Soto del Valle: Born abt. 1965. He is a computer systems manager. His mother is Dalia Soto del Valle.
  • Antonio Castro Soto del Valle: An orthopedic surgeon. His mother is Dalia Soto del Valle.
  • Angel Castro Soto del Valle: Born abt. 1975. He studied medicine. His mother is Dalia Soto del Valle.
  • Jorge Angel Castro: Born mid-1950s. His mother is Maria Laborde. Other sources give his mother's name as Amparo. Jorge is married and has four children.
    Source: The Real Fidel Castro by Leycester Coltman, page 100.
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Residence:

Fidel and Dalia reportedly live in Western Havana in a modest two-home complex with a tennis court and basketball court.

Occupations:

Fidel: President of Cuba, lawyer.

Dalia: School teacher, secretary.

Previous Marriage and Long-term Relationship:

  • Mirta Díaz-Balart: Born abt. 1926. Mirta was a philosophy student when she and Fidel met at the university cafeteria when introduced to one another by her brother Rafael in 1946. Although Mirta was warned against marrying Fidel, she went against her family's wishes and they were married in a Roman Catholic Church in Banes, Oriente Province, Cuba, on October 12, 1948.

    The couple's three-month long honeymoon in New York City was financed by Mirta's father. They landed in Miami and took the train to New York.

    They divorced in 1955 while Fidel was in exile. The divorce was reportedly due to Fidel's being unfaithful in addition to his lack of attention to their son, his many trips from home, and his lack of responsibility in finances.

    Mirta married one of Fidel's political enemies, Dr. Emilio Nunez Blanco, in October 1956. They had two daughters, Mirta and America Silvia. Both daughters live in Spain. Emilio died in July 2006 from Alzheimer's disease.

  • Celia Sánchez Manduley: Born on May 9, 1920 in Manzanillo, Cuba. They lived together for nearly 30 years, from mid-1950s to 1980. Celia died of cancer on January 11, 1980.

Quotes About the Marriage of Fidel Castro:

Georgie Anne Geyer: "It can hardly be seen as accidental that all of the women Fidel became deeply involved with were of one precise profile: all were upper class, Americanized, English-speaking, beautiful (Most, but not all, were blond), and from 'old families' who had fought against the Spaniards."
Source: Guerilla Prince: The Untold Story of Fidel Castro by Georgie Anne Geyer, page 67.
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