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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 07:04 AM Dec 2011

Celia Sanchez: Was she Castro's lover?

Few doubt that the female revolutionary Celia Sanchez played a key part in the life of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, but just how intimate the two of them really were is a debate still going on, 30 years after her death.

Celia Sanchez was at the heart of the Cuban revolution for over two decades and after meeting Fidel Castro in 1957, she became his indispensable aide.

There has been speculation they were lovers. But neither Sanchez when she was alive, nor Castro, ever addressed the rumours. Outside Cuba, little has been written about the role Celia Sanchez played until her death in 1980.

The earliest picture of Sanchez and Castro together was taken when they first met, in 1957, but Sanchez had already played a crucial part in his life.


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Celia Sanchez: Was she Castro's lover? (Original Post) dipsydoodle Dec 2011 OP
Wow. Great story. roody Dec 2011 #1
What a mysterious figure she has been. So glad to see this. Judi Lynn Dec 2011 #2
Great pictures! polly7 Dec 2011 #3
Great pictures, Judy. ocpagu Dec 2011 #5
Thank you, what an interesting article. polly7 Dec 2011 #4


(10,849 posts)
1. Wow. Great story.
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:22 PM
Dec 2011

It is a tribute to Sanchez and Castro that nobody who is talking knows if they were lovers.

Judi Lynn

(160,746 posts)
2. What a mysterious figure she has been. So glad to see this.
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 06:57 PM
Dec 2011

First time I saw her image was when it was posted at an earlier message board before D.U. was created, by D.U. poster Say_What.

Sitting by a large photo of Che Guevara.

The BBC article you've posted informs us her involvement with the revolution went back a LONG time. Clearly this lady was a significant part of the leadership, and she doesn't look as if she joined them out of boredom, or for a fling with Fidel Castro. She has ALWAYS come through as a dedicated woman, dedicated to the revolution.

Sitting with Vilma Espín, who married Raul Castro.

Her statue in Manzanillo.


Celia, Haydee Santamaria


Celia and her father Manuel Sanchez

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She was 6 years older than Fidel Castro, born 1920, he, in 1926, Che Guevara, 1920. Fidel was the "kid" around there.

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