Silvia Pinal

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Silvia Pinal
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Born Silvia Pinal Hidalgo
(1931-09-12) 12 September 1931 (age 82)
Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Actress
Years active 1945–present
Home town Mexico City, Mexico
Political party
Institutional Revolutionary Party
Spouse(s) Rafael Banquells
Gustavo Alatriste
Enrique Guzmán
Tulio Hernandez
Children Silvia Pasquel
Viridiana Alatriste
Luis Enrique Guzmán
Alejandra Guzmán
Relatives Stephanie Salas (Granddaughter)

Silvia Pinal (born Silvia Pinal Hidalgo on 12 September 1931) is a Mexican actress, who had roles in several of Luis Buñuel's movies such as El ángel exterminador and Viridiana. Pinal is also considered as one of the few surviving legends of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.


Career in film[edit]

In 1949, Pinal started her career in film at the age of 18 in the movies La Bamba and El pecado de Laura (with Meche Barba and Rafael Banquells). She gained popularity as a "young lady" of the Golden age of Mexican cinema in the 1950s. She starred in some successful movies like El rey del barrio with Tin Tan (1950), El portero, with Cantinflas (1951), Mis Tres Viudas Alegres (1953), with Amalia Aguilar and El inocente (1953), with Pedro Infante, winning her first Silver Ariel award. She earned two more Ariels for Locura Pasional (in 1955) and Enemiga (in 1956). She gained further recognition with roles in a number of movies for the Argentinean director Tulio Demicheli, as Un extraño en la escalera (1954) or Desnudate Lucrecia (1959). After marrying Gustavo Alatriste, a businessman who invited Spanish-born film director Luis Buñuel to direct Viridiana, a controversial film depicting a nun (played by Pinal) and her affair with the character played by Spanish actor Francisco Rabal. The Alatriste-Pinal-Buñuel team made two more successful films, El ángel exterminador (1962) and Simón del desierto (1965).

After the Buñuel-Pinal collaboration, Silvia starred in numerous movies during the 1960s and 1970s, like Los Cuervos están de luto (1965), La soldadera (1966), La Bataille de San Sebastian (1968, in France), María Isabel (1968), El Cuerpazo del Delíto (1970, with Mauricio Garcés), Divínas Palabras (1978), Pubis Angelical (1982, in Argentina), and Modelo Antiguo (1992).

Career on television[edit]

In 1968, Pinal obtained a role in her first telenovela titled Los caudillos, a story inspired in the events of the Mexican War of Independence. With her husband, Guzmán, she hosted a musical talk-show titled Silvia y Enrique on Televisa. In 1985, she produced a show that portrays viewers-submitted stories about women titled Mujer, casos de la vida real that became a success and it is still produced and broadcast by Televisa in Mexico and Latin America and Univision in the United States.

She acted in another telenovela in 1973 and more in the 1980s before taking a 15-year break from such roles. In 1983, she produced Cuando los hijos se van, starring her daughter Silvia Pasquel and Saby Kamalich. She returned to telenovela roles in 1998 with El privilegio de amar, the Best Telenovela of the Year, according to TVyNovelas. Her most recent roles have been in Carita de ángel in 2000, Aventuras en el tiempo in 2001, Amarte es mi pecado in 2004 and Fuego en la Sangre in 2008.

In 2010, Silvia participated in the Mexican telenovela Soy Tu Dueña.

Pinal is featured in the 2007 book Televisa Presenta, which celebrates over 50 years of Televisa's history.

Career on stage[edit]

Pinal has also produced and starred in plays such as the Spanish language version of Mame. She then acquired her own theaters and named them Silvia Pinal and Diego Rivera and starred in Que tal Dolly!, the Spanish-language version of Hello Dolly! and Gypsy, opposite her real-life daughter, Alejandra Guzmán.

In 2005, after a 12-month hiatus from stage roles, she starred in Debiera haber obispas ("There should be woman bishops") by Mexican writer Rafael Solana. In 1993, she produced the Mexican premiere of Jerry Herman's musical adaptation of La Cage Aux Folles ("La Jaula de Los Locos"). She last starred in Adorables Enemigas in Mexico City at the Teatro Diego Rivera.

Career in politics[edit]

She became a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party and was elected to federal deputy, senator and member of the assembly of the Mexican Federal District. In these positions, she played an active role towards culture and women's causes.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Silvia Pinal has been married four times, first to Cuban actor Rafael Banquells who had a daughter with her, actress Sylvia Pasquel (Pasquel is a combination of the surnames Pinal and Banquells). She then married Gustavo Alatriste, a businessman turned movie producer who was the father of her second daughter, Viridiana Alatriste (née Viridiana Alatriste Pinal; January 17, 1963 – October 25, 1982), who was killed in a car crash at the age of 19.

Pinal later married Enrique Guzmán, a Caracas, Venezuela-born Mexican actor and singer. They had two children: Luis Enrique Guzmán and Alejandra Guzmán. Pinal and Guzmán hosted a TV show in the 1960s, but later divorced. Her last husband was Tulio Hernández, whom she married in 1982; the marriage ended in 1995.

Awards and honors[edit]

Pinal has been inducted into the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City for her work. She and her daughters Sylvia Pasquel and Alejandra Guzmán are among the few mother and daughter pairs so honored.



Silvia Pinal Statue in Mexico City, Mexico




  • García Riera., Emilio (1996). El cine de Silvia Pinal. Universidad de Guadalajara (Centro de Investigaciones y Enseñanza Cinematográficas), Patronato de la Muestra de Cine Mexicano en Guadalajara, A. C. e Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE). ISBN 968-895-714-3. 
  • Agrasánchez Jr., Rogelio (2001). Bellezas del cine mexicano/Beauties of Mexican Cinema. Archivo Fílmico Agrasánchez. ISBN 968-5077-11-8. 

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