Flor Silvestre

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This article is about the singer and actress. For the film, see Flor silvestre (film).
Flor Silvestre
Flor Silvestre in Ánimas Trujano.jpg
in Ánimas Trujano (1962)
Born Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla
(1930-08-16) 16 August 1930 (age 83)
Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico
Occupation Singer, actress
Years active 1943–present
Spouse(s) Paco Malgesto
(married ?–1959)
Antonio Aguilar
(married 1959–2007)
  • Dalia Inés
  • Marcela Rubiales
  • Francisco Rubiales
  • Antonio Aguilar, Jr.
  • Pepe Aguilar
Relatives Enriqueta Jiménez (sister)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts

Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla (born 16 August 1930),[1] commonly known by her stage name Flor Silvestre (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfloɾˈsil´βestɾe]), is a Mexican singer and actress whose career spans seven decades in music, film, comic books, television, and the stage.[2][3]

Often remarked for her beauty and the sentiment of her music,[3] Silvestre has recorded more than 100 albums; her greatest hits include "Cielo rojo", "Mi destino fue quererte", and "Gaviota traidora". She was one of Musart Records' best-selling artists in 1967[4] and 1969, when they awarded her The Golden Clover.[5]

Included in Cine Confidencial magazine's edition of folkloric leading ladies of Mexican cinema,[6] Silvestre is one of the few ranchera singers with a successful film career. Her versatility in acting led her to play a wide variety of roles including soldaderas, femme fatales, and ingenues. Her most prominent performances are featured in the films Primero soy mexicano (1950), El bolero de Raquel (1957), La cucaracha (1959), and Ánimas Trujano (1962), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[7]

During the peak of her career she married her recurring co-star Antonio Aguilar. Their sons, Antonio Aguilar Jr. and Pepe Aguilar, also ventured into the film and music industries. Besides being internationally recognized in music and cinema, Silvestre lended her likeness to the title character in La Llanera Vengadora, a comic book series.[8] She is also the elder sister of singer and actress Enriqueta Jiménez.

Early life[edit]

Flor Silvestre was born Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla in Salamanca, Guanajuato[9] on 16 August 1930,[1][9] to Jesús Jiménez Cervantes and María de Jesús Chabolla Peña.[9] She is the third of seven children: Francisco, Raquel, (herself), José Luis, Enriqueta, María de la Luz, and Arturo.[9][10]



At the age of 13, Silvestre along with her family moved to central Mexico City,[9] where she began her first steps in her musical career singing such ranchera songs as "La canción mexicana", "Yo también soy mexicana" and "El herradero".[9] She became one of the leading artists in the XFO radio station being heard by the audience singing the song "La soldadera", by José de Jesús Morales. After her work in the XFO, Flor won a fan contest in the XEW radio station. She sang in the Teatro Colonial, which was the start for her tour across Central and South America and prior to that chose the stage name of "Flor Silvestre" (wild flower), when the Dolores del Río-starred film Flor silvestre was released in theaters in 1943.[9]


Flor Silvestre immersed herself in Mexican cinema during its Golden era. She made her film debut in Te besaré en la boca (1950) at the age of 21. She was discovered by producer Gregorio Walerstein who, after hearing her sing in El Patio, cast her in her first starring role opposite Joaquín Pardave and Luis Aguilar in the comedy film Primero soy mexicano (1950).[9] Like many aspiring singers of the day, Silvestre made a prolific intervention in cinema, which also boosted her musical career. She also appeared again with Luis Aguilar and Francisco Avitia in the masked hero film El tigre enmascarado (1951).

Silvestre starred as the female lead in a western trilogy which featured a masked hero: El lobo solitario, La justicia del lobo, and Vuelve el lobo (all released in 1952). Her talent, poise, and beauty maintained her in the film industry, where she shared credits with many of Mexico's most famous actors.

After a brief disappearance in cinema for at least three years, Silvestre's first color film appearance was alongside Elsa Aguirre in La doncella de piedra (1956). The same year, she starred with Antonio Aguilar, her future husband, in La huella del chacal, an installment in the Mauricio Rosales "El Rayo" film series. She played Chavita's unsympathetic mother, Leonor, in the popular Cantinflas comedy El bolero de Raquel (1957) in Eastmancolor. In 1959, she starred as one of the two female leads (the other being Rosa de Castilla) in the Mexiscope production Tan bueno el giro como el colorado, as the lead of an all-star cast in Pueblo en armas and its sequel ¡Viva la soldadera! (1960), and with María Félix in Ismael Rodríguez's Mexican Revolution epic La cucaracha.

In the early 1960s, Silvestre starred with popular comedy duo Viruta and Capulina in Dos locos en escena (1960). Silvestre was cast along with Toshiro Mifune and Columba Domínguez in the award-winning film Ánimas Trujano (1962), another film directed by Ismael Rodríguez. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and probably contains her best-known role among American and international audiences. In this decade, she would avert her roles from low-budget westerns and comedies to star in Mexican Revolution drama films starring her husband Antonio Aguilar, such as Caballo prieto azabache (1968), Lauro Puñales (1969), and El ojo de vidrio (1969).

By the 1970s, Silvestre had created an iconic, cinematic persona of a folkloric woman-hero, therefore she became the star of a comic book entitled La Llanera Vengadora,[8] which translates as "the avenging plainswoman," that used her likeness and name. The magazine featured a female hero who sought justice, and was dressed in brightly colored cowboy garb.[8] In this decade, she had some musical guest roles in films, but still maintained her leading lady status in many of Mario Hernández's productions. In the later two decades the films Sabor a sangre and Persecución y muerte de Benjamin Argumedo both in 1980 are among her noted roles, and Triste recuerdo in 1991, which was her last screen appearance, is one of her most memorable roles. She was 62 years old when she decided to leave Mexican cinema, but has appeared frequently in interviews, award festivals, and talk-shows. Flor Silvestre never appeared in any Mexican television series, but her filmography counts up a total of 74 films.

Personal life[edit]

Silvestre gave birth to her first child, Dalia Inés, when she was 16 years old.[11] Dalia Inés publicly omits the name of her biological father, who was a radio announcer, since she says that she considers Antonio Aguilar as her father figure.[11] Silvestre later married television presenter Paco Malgesto.[11] Their children are Marcela Rubiales Jiménez, a singer and actress, and Francisco Rubiales Jiménez, a voice-over actor.[11]

In an interview with Don Francisco in Don Francisco presenta, Silvestre confirmed that during her first few films with Antonio Aguilar she had not been romantically involved with him.[12] It wasn't until the film Heraclio Bernal when both decided to divorce their respective spouses (Aguilar being married to actress Otilia Larrañaga and Silvestre being married to television presenter Paco Malgesto) to marry each other.[13] Aguilar and Silvestre finally married on 29 October 1959, shortly before the release of their most recent film La cucaracha. Their marriage produced two sons: Antonio Aguilar hijo and Pepe Aguilar.

On 28 February 2012, Silvestre underwent surgery to extirpate the cancer-stricken half of her right lung.[14] She responded well to the surgery and has since been recuperating.[15]


Selected discography[edit]



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  4. ^ "Billboard Dec 16, 1967". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Feb 28, 1970". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cine Confidencial: Folklóricas del cine mexicano". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cineastas y profesionales de Guanajuato - Sistema de informacion cultural". Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "An International Catalogue of Superheroes". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Flor Silvestre", last.fm
  11. ^ a b c d "Muestra Dalia Inés 'orgullo' familiar". lasnoticiasmexico.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Flor Silvestre recordó a su Charro". Univision Interactive Media. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Dificiles momentos". La Cronica de Hoy. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Le extirparon la mitad del pulmón derecho a la mamá de Pepe Aguilar". TVyNovelas. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Flor Silvestre fue operada de tumor en el pulmón". Univision. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Reconocen trayectoria de la dinastía Aguilar
  17. ^ "Periodistas Cinematográficos de México, A.C. - 42nd Silver Goddess Awards (2013)". pecime.com.mx. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

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