Josefa Flores González
4 February 1948
|Other names||Pepa Flores|
|Spouse(s)||Carlos Goyanes (1969–1975)|
Antonio Gades (1982–1986)
|Children||3, including María and Celia|
Josefa Flores González (born 4 February 1948), known professionally as Marisol or Pepa Flores, is a retired Spanish singer and actress who was an evolving icon in Spain since her first appearance in 1960 as child star until her retreat from the spotlights in 1985.
Marisol was born Josefa Flores González 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 a sensation both in Spain and overseas.
A star is born
Her passion for dance and music was transmitted by her grandmother Victoria. She was already a phenomenon of Coros y Danzas (Choirs and Dances), the organization created by Franco to promote regional folklore. One of her first television performances was seen by Mari Carmen Goyanes, daughter of producer Manuel Goyanes, who convinced her father that the girl she had seen on television was the actress and singer they needed. The producer convinced Pepa Flores parents and finally signed an exclusive contract with them that made him a millionaire.
The career of Marisol, her artistic name, had just begun. She was extremely popular in Spain and Latin America. She received dance, acting, declamation classes with the best teachers with the idea of making her the star of children's and youth cinema.
From her first film Un rayo de luz a huge merchant produce was organized around the new star with books, dolls, cards and all kinds of objects with the image of the girl. Each film premier included a tour of Spain and Hispanic countries to promote it, with all kinds of events, creating tumults and crowds at the airports . Televisions, interviews and hundreds of photo shoots in addition to the film shootings prevented her from having a childhood like that of any other girl. Columbia Pictures wanted to buy the rights to Manuel Goyanes to continue exploiting her artistic career, but the producer rejected it.
As a singer
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 some 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
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 (Marisol song)" ("The Wedding"), "Johnny", "Belen, Belen" (with Catalan flamenco singer Peret), and "La Tarara" (inspired by a García Lorca poem). She appeared in es:Solos 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 heroine) in the Spanish national television series Proceso a Mariana Pineda in 1984, and was applauded for her lead role in the 1985's Caso Cerrado with Antonio Banderas.
On 1973, she started a relationship with dancer Antonio Gades, and she has three daughters from him. María Esteve, the eldest, is an actress, and Celia Flores, the youngest, is a pop flamenco singer. After her divorce they married in 1982 in Cuba and their godparents were Fidel Castro and Alicia Alonso. They divorced on 1986, and Gades died in 2004. She was a sympathizer (but not a member) of the Spanish Communist Party, distancing herself from the party after her separation from Gades.
Pepa Flores is retired, and lives with Massimo Stecchini, her partner since 1987, in Malaga, where she works for charitable causes.
In the wake of the Me Too movement, the claims Marisol made to Francisco Umbral and Interviú in the late 1970s about the sexual abuse she underwent as a child star resurfaced in Spanish Vanity Fair in 2018.
|1960||A Ray of Light||Marisol|
|1961||An Angel Has Arrived||Marisol|
|1963||Marisol Rumbo a Río||Marisol / Mariluz||Marisol Is Bound For Rio|
|1964||La Nueva Cenicienta||Marisol||The New Cinderella|
|1964||La Historia de Bienvenido||Marisol||The Bienvenido's Story|
|1965||Búsqueme a esa chica||Marisol||Find That Girl|
|1967||Las Cuatro Bodas de Marisol||Marisol||The Four Weddings of Marisol|
|1968||Solos los dos||Marisol Collado||Two Alone|
|1969||Carola de día, Carola de noche||Carola Jungbunzlav||Carola by day and by night|
|1969||El Taxi de los Conflictos||Patricia||The Problem Cab|
|1969||Urtain, el rey de la selva...o así||Urtain, King of the Mountains|
|1973||The Corruption of Chris Miller||Chris Miller|
|1973||The Girl from the Red Cabaret||María Marcos|
|1975||El Poder del Deseo||Juna||The Power of Desire|
|1978||Los Días del Pasado||Juana||Days Gone By|
|1983||Carmen||Credited as Pepa Flores|
|1985||Caso Cerrado||Isabel||Credited as Pepa Flores|
|23 April 1961||The Ed Sullivan Show||Herself||CBS, United States|
|24 June 1962||The Ed Sullivan Show||Herself||CBS, United States|
|19 October 1962||De Rudi Carrell Show||Herself||VARA, Netherlands|
|31 July 1965||Sábado 64||Herself|
|2 October 1965||Noche del sábado||Herself|
|9 October 1966||Gran Premio||Herself|
|October 1968||Galas del sábado||Herself||Televisión Española, Spain|
|17 May 1969||Galas del sábado||Herself||Televisión Española, Spain|
|December 1969||Galas del sábado||Herself||Televisión Española, Spain|
|1969||El Irreal Madrid||Televisión Española, Spain|
|7 June 1970||Galas del sábado||Herself||Televisión Española, Spain|
|1972||360° en torno a Marisol||Herself||Televisión Española, Spain|
|25 November 1972||1st OTI Song Contest||Herself||OTI||Representing Televisión Española and placing 3rd with the song Niña|
|Nov/Dec 1984||Proceso a Mariana Pineda||Mariana Pineda||Televisión Española, Spain||5 episodes, credited as Pepa Flores|
- 1960 – Best Child Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in A Ray of Light.
- 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.
- 2020 - Honorary Goya Award
- Rincón 2019, pp. 351–352.
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- "Los eslabones de la gran redada". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 23 June 1990. p. 3. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
- "Antonio Gades: Aprendí que "primero está lo ético y después lo estético"". La Onda Digital (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
- Lamarca, Eva (9 December 2018). "Marisol, un silencio a gritos". Vanity Fair (in Spanish). Condé Nast. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
- País, El (17 January 2020). "Pepa Flores, 'Marisol', Goya de Honor 2020". El País (in Spanish). ISSN 1134-6582. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Rincón, Aintzane (2019). "Marisol y Pepa Flores. Los significados políticos de una estrella (1960-1985)". Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea. Madrid: Ediciones Complutense. doi:10.5209/chco.66120. ISSN 0214-400X.
- (in Spanish) Marisol-Pepa Flores, la estrella malagueña de España
- (in Spanish) Pepa Flores enterró a Marisol.