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Born Lissette Álvarez Chorens
(1947-03-10) March 10, 1947 (age 69)
Lima, Peru
Occupation singer

Lissette Álvarez Chorens, commonly known as Lissette, is a singer, songwriter, and record producer from Cuba. She is best known for recording a Spanish language-version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1985.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Lissette was born March 10, 1947, in Lima, Peru, at a time when her parents, Cuban TV stars Olga Chorens and Tony Álvarez (Olga y Tony),[3] were touring South America. While living with her parents in Havana, Cuba, Lissette made her first recording at age 5, the children's song "El Ratoncito Miguel", which would eventually become a hit for her.

She and her sister were sent to live in the United States when she was 14 years old (on 13 September 1961[4]) through Operation Peter Pan, a US government sponsored program in conjunction with the Catholic Welfare Bureau, and which transported 14,000 Cuban children from Cuba to the United States. The scheme was devised for families opposed to the Cuban revolution of 1959, who feared that the government would indoctrinate their children into communism.


After two years in the US, Lissette and her sister were reunited with their parents in Miami and the whole family moved to Puerto Rico in 1965 where she lived until 1979 and where she worked as a singer.[5]

Lissette started her career in Puerto Rico as an adolescent, then later moved to Miami. She hosted her own shows in the Telemundo network in Puerto Rico for several years and did Emmy Award winning TV specials at Channel 10 and Channel 4 in Miami, Florida. Lissette had a successful recording career having more than 30 albums including 8 gold albums and 2 platinum albums.[citation needed] Lissette is an accomplished singer and songwriter that has produced most of her albums. She has received countless awards during her singing career, including a UNICEF award for her humanitarian work with children.

In Latin America, she is known as: "an interpreter of romantic songs influenced by the ballad" (Cuban Music from A to Z, page 12).


She was first married to singer Chucho Avellanet.[citation needed] Together, they hosted El Show de Chucho y Lissette on Telemundo. Lissette is now married to Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Willy Chirino. They reside in Miami.

Support for democracy in Cuba[edit]

Lissette has supported Yo No Coopero Con La Dictadura (English: I Do Not Cooperate with the Dictatorship).[6]


  1. ^ Lissette - Eclipse Total del Amor on YouTube
  2. ^ Biografía de Lissette on Biografías, Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular
  4. ^ Lissette's Story. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ Lissette's Story. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Artistas Cubanos". 

Cuban Music from A to Z. By Helio Orovio. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004. xi, 235 p. ISBN 0-8223-3212-4

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