|Birth name||María de los Dolores Flores Ruiz|
|Also known as||La Faraona|
|Born||21 January 1923
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
|Died||16 May 1995
Lola Flores, a native of Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz (Andalusia, Spain) was an icon of Andalusian folklore and Spanish Gypsy culture, recognized throughout Spain as well as internationally. Flores was not a gypsy herself but identified strongly with the Roma people and culture and eventually married into a Gitano family. She did, however, acknowledge that she had been told her maternal grandfather was of Romani extraction. She became a famous dancer and singer of Andalusian folklore at a very young age, performing flamenco, copla, and chotis and appearing in films from 1939 to 1987. She experienced her greatest success performing in folklore shows with Manolo Caracol, who was her artistic partner until 1951.
In 1958, she married Antonio González el Pescaílla, a guitarist from Cataluña Spain who was gypsy. She had three children: Dolores (singer and actress Lolita Flores); rock musician, singer and actor Antonio Flores; and singer and actress Rosario Flores.
Lola Flores died of breast cancer in 1995, aged 72, and was buried in the Cementerio de la Almudena in Madrid. Shortly after her death, her distraught 33-year-old son, Antonio Flores, committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates and was buried beside her.
In 2007, the biography Lola, la película was made. The movie describes her early life, starting in 1931 until 1958.
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