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Alina Fernández Revuelta (born March 19, 1956) is the daughter of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011...

 and an outspoken critic of the Cuban communist regime. She lived under her father’s rule from when he took power in 1959 until she fled the country in 1993 with her daughter because of dissenting political views.

As an illegitimate daughter of the President, she lived her young life with her mother, Natalia "Naty" Revuelta Clews, born in Havana
Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

 in 1925 and married to Orlando Fernández, and became a model
Model (person)
A model , sometimes called a mannequin, is a person who is employed to display, advertise and promote commercial products or to serve as a subject of works of art....

 and public relations
Public relations
Public relations is the actions of a corporation, store, government, individual, etc., in promoting goodwill between itself and the public, the community, employees, customers, etc....

 director
Executive director
Executive director is a term sometimes applied to the chief executive officer or managing director of an organization, company, or corporation. It is widely used in North American non-profit organizations, though in recent decades many U.S. nonprofits have adopted the title "President/CEO"...

 for a Cuban fashion company, according to the University Program Board. In 1993, she fled to Spain
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

 using false papers and disguised as a Spanish tourist using a wig. From Spain
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

, she moved to Miami
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

.

In 1998 she wrote Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba. It describes in intimate detail her life growing up in Cuba as Castro's daughter and the changes that occurred within the country. For example, at the age of three, she remembers Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse is a cartoon character created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at The Walt Disney Studio. Mickey is an anthropomorphic black mouse and typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves...

 being replaced on the television with executions ordered by Fidel Castro.

She has a radio show called Simplemente Alina (Simply Alina) on WQBA in Miami. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the fare on her variety show is light, with guests such as painters and musicians. However, Wednesdays are a total immersion in Cuban politics.

In 1993, Elena Díaz-Verson Amos, a Cuban immigrant, and wife to John Amos (one of the founders of Aflac
Aflac
Aflac Incorporated is the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States, founded in 1955 and based in Columbus, Georgia. In the United States, Aflac underwrites a wide range of insurance policies, but is perhaps more known for its payroll deduction insurance coverage, which pays...

, INC), assisted Alina in fleeing Cuba. She lived with Mrs. Amos in Columbus, GA for several years.

Movie deal


Mankind Entertainment is producing Fernandez's coming of age life story, Castro’s Daughter.

The screenplay was co-written by Academy Award winner, Bobby Moresco (Crash); and Cuban playwright, Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics)--Cruz was the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer prize for drama in 2003.

The film is represented by WME Entertainment,in Hollywood.

Lawsuit


Fidel Castro's sister Juanita Castro
Juanita Castro
Juana de la Caridad Castro Ruz is a sister of former Cuban President Fidel Castro and current President Raúl Castro. After working as a CIA agent in Cuba, she has been living in the United States since 1964.-Early life:...

 filed a lawsuit in Spain against her niece Alina Fernández for libel over some passages in her autobiography that were about Juanita and Castro's parents Angel Castro and Lina Ruz. The passages make up only a tiny portion of the book. After seven years and Juanita having spent $100,000, in 2005 a Spanish court ordered Fernández and Plaza & Janes, the Barcelona Random House
Random House
Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films,...

division that published the book, to pay $45,000 to Juanita. Juanita claimed the book defamed her family stating "People who were eating off Fidel's plate yesterday come here and want money and power, so they say whatever they want, even if it's not true... Part of my family was responsible for a lot of suffering in Cuba — you can't change that," she said. "But nobody has the right to offend Fidel's family. Insult Fidel — there's plenty to say." An English version, published under the title Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba, lacks the offending passages.http://www.cubanet.org/CNews/y05/ago05/09e9.htm