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It wasn't until 1945 that her talent as a bolero singer would be discovered, when Facundo Rivero , an influential man in the Cuban music industry of the era, heard her sing for the first time, and helped her make her rpofessional singing debut, at a famous Havana night club. Soon after, Guillot met Miguelito Valdes , who took her to New York city, where Guillot was able to record her first album, with the Decca label.
Guillot moved to Mexico in 1948. There, she established herself as an international singer and actress, participating in various films and making her second album. In Mexico, Guillot began to enjoy much popularity for the first time in her career.
1958 proved to be an important year for Guillot, as she toured Europe for the first time, including stops in Italy, France, Spain and Germany. She sang alongside the equally legendary Edith Piaf during a concert held in Cannes.
Olga Guillot kept a house in Cuba as she travelled around the world with her music, apart from her house in Mexico. But Guillot opposed Fidel Castro's Government, and, in 1961, she decided to leave Cuba for good and establish herself in Venezuela. Not long after that, she left Venezuela, making Mexico her only permanent residence country.
Meanwhile, she kept touring around the world, singing in places such as Israel, Japan, Hong Kong and many others. In 1963, Guillot was given the Golden Palm award as "best bolero singer of Latin America". She received the award in Hollywood, California. Guillot sang in 1964 at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.
Guillot continued on touring for the next forty years, releasing over fifty albums and winning numerous awards for her activity in the music world. She was very good friends with Celia Cruz, to whom she often referred to as "(her) sister". When Cruz passed away from cancer, Guillot was one of the most affected persons in the show business world.
Her albums and music are prohibited in Cuba. Guillot remains a quiet but strong critic of Castro and his policies towards Cuban residents.
Guillot still lives in Mexico.
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