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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 August 1930Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico
Birth NameGuillermina Jiménez Chabolla
Nicknames La Sentimental
La Reina de la Canción Mexicana
Alma de la Canción Ranchera

Mini Bio (1)

An aspiring young singer named Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla was given the stage name of Flor Silvestre in the early 1940s, and she couldn't have wished for a better one. It means "wild flower" in Spanish and is a fitting description of her, for she is an exquisite beauty from the Mexican countryside who went on to achieve great success as a recording artist and a movie star.

She was born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, to Jesús Jiménez Cervantes and María de Jesús Chabolla Peña. In the 1940s, she gained recognition as one of the rising musical stars of the decade after winning a singing contest hosted by the XEW radio station in Mexico City. In short time, after producer Gregorio Walerstein invited her to become an actress, she made her film debut in Primero soy mexicano (1950), co-starring Joaquín Pardavé (who also wrote and directed the film) and Luis Aguilar. Following the success of the aforementioned film, she became one of the new, promising starlets of the '50s cinema of Mexico. Her most notable films from the 1950s are Raquel's Shoeshiner (1957), with Cantinflas; Pueblo en armas (1959), with Armando Silvestre; and The Soldiers of Pancho Villa (1959), with María Félix. In 1959, she married her recurring co-star Antonio Aguilar. Her most prominent performance is, arguably, featured in Ismael Rodríguez's Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1962), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In the 1960s and 1970s, she became a cinematic symbol of the Mexican Revolution, due to her portrayals of soldaderas in films such as ¡Viva la soldadera! (1960), Lauro Puñales (1969), and Benjamín Argumedo el rebelde (1979). Her last film appearance was in Triste recuerdo (1991). Overall, Flor Silvestre is known in Mexico, as well as in other countries, as an extraordinary singer and a prolific film actress.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: V.Q. Castro

Spouse (3)

Antonio Aguilar (29 October 1959 - 19 June 2007) (his death) (2 children)
Paco Malgesto (1953 - 1959) (divorced) (2 children)
Andrés Nieto Villafranco (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Sweet, melancholic singing voice
Dreamy eyes
Coquettish smile

Trivia (20)

Mother of two sons, Antonio Aguilar hijo and Pepe Aguilar, with Antonio Aguilar.
Elder sister of singer and actress Enriqueta Jiménez ("La Prieta Linda").
Mother of two children, Marcela Rubiales and Francisco Rubiales, with Paco Malgesto.
Mother of Dalia Inés.
Her music inspired ranchera singers Maria de Lourdes and Lila Downs.
Isabel Grissi was her singing teacher.
Worked with prestigious director Ismael Rodríguez in two films: The Soldiers of Pancho Villa (1959), where she was billed fifth and played the supporting role of María Félix's friend, and Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) (1962), where she was billed third and played the pivotal role of Toshirô Mifune's mistress. These two performances are some of the most important in her career.
Co-starred with fellow ranchera singer and actress Rosa de Castilla in five films: El lobo solitario (1952), La justicia del lobo (1952), Vuelve el lobo (1952), La virtud desnuda (1957), and Tan bueno el giro como el colorado (1959).
In their two films together, Eulalio González and Flor Silvestre were never paired as a couple, although he did kiss her once in Chip on the Shoulder (1960) and found her attractive in El tragabalas (1966).
Starred opposite famous comedians Joaquín Pardavé, in Primero soy mexicano (1950); Cantinflas, in Raquel's Shoeshiner (1957); Germán Valdés "Tin Tan", in Escuela de verano (1959); Adalberto Martínez "Resortes", in El gran pillo (1960); Marco Antonio Campos "Viruta" and Gaspar Henaine "Capulina", in Dos locos en escena (1960); Manuel 'Loco' Valdés, in The Karambazo Sisters (1960) and Poker de reinas (1960); and Eulalio González "Piporro", in Chip on the Shoulder (1960) and El tragabalas (1966).
Visited Hollywood in 1955.
Was Manuel Capetillo's leading lady in two films: Vivo o muerto (1960) and El as de oros (1968).
Was Fernando Casanova's leading lady in two films: El hombre del alazán (1959) and Venganza fatal (1960).
Has recorded more than 300 songs for three major record labels: Columbia, RCA Victor, and Musart.
Aunt of Guadalupe Pineda.
Has six siblings: Francisco, Raquel, Enriqueta, José Luis, María de la Luz, and Arturo. Enriqueta and María de la Luz (known as María Jiménez) also became singers.
Former stepmother of Cristina Rubiales.
Was Demetrio González's leading lady in two films: Tan bueno el giro como el colorado (1959) and Las tres coquetonas (1960).
Was Miguel Aceves Mejía's leading lady in two films: El ciclón (1959) and The Braggarts (1960).

Personal Quotes (5)

[when asked by Mario Kreutzberger (Don Francisco) if she was going to keep singing] Yes. That's what I think my husband, who is in heaven, will like; that I keep singing with Toño, that is what he wanted all his life, to take Mexican music where you can, in villages, in cities ... Until God decides to take me, but in the meantime, yes, I will continue with Toño. I wanted to go fast behind him, but God's will be done.
[on her late husband, Antonio Aguilar, and their two children, Antonio Aguilar hijo and Pepe Aguilar] The four of us. It was a very nice clan. We were the four musketeers always everywhere.
[on receiving her Special Silver Goddess Award from actor Ignacio López Tarso] For me it is a great honor and especially if it is bestowed by this great gentleman. I dedicate this Goddess to my children, my five children, and that man who made me so happy for 52 years who is in heaven, watching us right now, Mr. Antonio Aguilar Barraza.
I have been singing ever since I was eight years old. My father would make me sing because he would hear my songs, and I would learn old songs completely.
[on her stage name] In those days they were screening the film Flor silvestre (1943), starring Dolores del Rio. That is how they named me Flor Silvestre.

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