Lola Flores

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Lola Flores
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(1995-05-16) (aged 72)
Madrid, Spain
Genres Andalusian folklore
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Voice, castanets
Years active 1939–1995
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Flores and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.

María Dolores "Lola" Flores Ruiz (21 January 1923 – 16 May 1995) was a Spanish singer, dancer, and actress.

Professional career[edit]

Lola Flores, a native of Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz (Andalucía, 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.[1] She did, however, acknowledge that she had been told her maternal grandfather was of Romani extraction.[2][3] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 1958, she married Antonio González el Pescaílla, a guitarist from Cataluña, Spain, who was Romani. 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.

Monument in her hometown, Jerez de la Frontera

Selected filmography[edit]

See also[edit]