Marisol (actress)

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Born Josefa Flores González
(1948-02-04) 4 February 1948 (age 68)
Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Other names Pepa Flores
Occupation Singer, actress
Spouse(s) Carlos Goyanes Perojo
Antonio Esteve Ródenas
Children María Esteve Flores
Tamara Esteve Flores
Celia Esteve Flores

Josefa Flores González, better known as Marisol or Pepa Flores, is a Spanish singer and actress who was popular during the 1960s in Spain.

Early life[edit]

Marisol was born María Josefa Flores on 4 February 1948 in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. From early childhood, she demonstrated a love of singing and flamenco dance. In 1959 she was discovered by film producer Manuel José Goyanes Martínez, who saw her on television. Marisol became an international sensation both in Spain and overseas.

Professional life[edit]

As a singer[edit]

Marisol was a child star during the 1960s, entertaining high-ranking dignitaries (including Francisco Franco). Director Luis Lucia Mingarro propelled her to national stardom in the film trilogy Un rayo de luz (Ray of Light), Ha llegado un ángel (An Angel Has Arrived) and Tómbola (Lottery). The films featured Marisol singing one of her best-known songs, "La vida es una tómbola" ("Life Is A Lottery"), "Corre, corre, caballito" ("Run, Run, Little Horse"), "Bambina", "Ola, Ola, Ola", "Estando contigo" ("Being With You"), "Chiquitina" ("Little Girl") and "Nueva melodía" ("A New Melody"). In 1963 she starred in Marisol Rumbo a Río (Marisol Is Bound for Rio), where she played twins (similar to Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap) and sang "Bossanova junto a ti" ("Bossanova Close to You"), "Muchachita" ("Little Woman"), "¡Oh, Tony!" and "Guajiras". Marisol co-starred with Robert Conrad in the 1964 film La Nueva Cenicienta (The New Cinderella), in which she sang "Me conformo" ("I Am Happy"). Mel Ferrer directed her in Cabriola (Prancer) in 1965, where she sang "Cabriola", "¡Ay, vagabundo!", "Ya no me importas nada" ("You Mean Nothing to Me") and "Sevillanas", and went shopping in Paris with Audrey Hepburn. She appeared in Búscame esa chica (Find Me That Girl) with El Duo Dinámico (a popular duet during the 1960s and 1970s). The film had biographical elements, featuring Marisol singing "Mi pequeña estrella" ("My Little Star"), "Typical Spanish" and "Solo a Ti" ("Only To You"). She had a cameo in La historia de Bienvenido (Bienvenido's Story), a story about a donkey.

As an actress[edit]

In 1967, Marisol starred in the comedy Las cuatro bodas de Marisol (The Four Weddings of Marisol), as the daughter of actress Isabel Garcés, and sang "La Boda" ("The Wedding"), "Johnny", "Belen, Belen" (with Catalan flamenco singer Peret), and "La Tarara" (inspired by a García Lorca poem). She appeared in es:Solo los dos (The Two Alone), where she sang "La nieve" (her most popular song in South America, composed by Juan Pardo and Rocío Dúrcal's husband, Júnior). She appeared in the unsuccessful Carola de día, Carola de noche (Carola by Day, Carola by Night). In 1969, Marisol appeared in the musical comedy El taxi de los conflictos (The Taxicab of Troubles), where she sang "Corazón contento" ("Happy Heart"), a song composed by Argentine singer Palito Ortega.

Marisol received the Best Actress prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her role in Los Días del Pasado (The Bygone Days). Marisol also appeared in La corrupción de Chris Miller (The Corruption of Chris Miller), directed by Juan Antonio Bardem (uncle of Spanish actor Javier Bardem); La chica del Molino Rojo (The Girl from the Red Cabaret) with Mel Ferrer, and El poder del deseo (The Power of Desire) with Pilar Bardem (directed by Juan Antonio Bardem).

As an adult, Marisol changed her stage name to her given name, Pepa Flores. More recently, Marisol appeared in Carlos Saura's film Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding, based on García Lorca's play), and in Carmen (1983). She played the title role (a Liberal Party heroine) in the Spanish national television series Mariana Pineda in 1984, and was applauded for her lead role in the 1985's Caso Cerrado with Antonio Banderas.

Personal life[edit]

Marisol has three daughters from her relationship with dancer Antonio Gades, who died in 2004. María Esteve, the eldest, is an actress, and Celia, the youngest, is a pop flamenco singer. Pepa Flores is retired, and lives with her husband in Malaga, where she works for charitable causes. She was a sympathizer (but not a member) of the Spanish Communist Party, distancing herself from the party after her divorce from Gades.

Filmography (1960–85)[edit]

Television appearances[edit]

  • The Ed Sullivan Show (23 April 1961)
  • The Ed Sullivan Show (24 July 1962)
  • De Rudi Carrell Show (VARA, Netherlands) (19 October 1962)
  • "Sábado 64" (31 July 1965)
  • "Noche del sábado" (2 October 1965)
  • "Gran Premio" (9 October 1966)
  • "Galas del sábado" (October 1968)
  • "Galas del sábado" (17 May 1969)
  • "Galas del sábado" (December 1969)
  • "El Irreal Madrid" (1969)
  • "Galas del sábado" (7 June 1970)
  • 360° en torno a Marisol (1972)
  • OTI Song Contest (1972)
  • Proceso a Mariana Pineda (Nov/Dec 1984) (credited as Pepa Flores) (5 episodes) ... Mariana Pineda


  • 1960 – Best Child Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in Un rayo de luz.
  • 1972 – 3rd position OTI Festival prize for her song "Niña".
  • 1978 – Best Actress Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for the film Los días del pasado (Days of the Past) directed by Mario Camus.


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