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Lola Flores (January 21, 1923 – May 16, 1995), born María Dolores Flores Ruiz, was a Spanishmarker singer, dancer, and actress of Romani (Gypsy) descent.

Professional career

Flores was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadizmarker, Spainmarker. Although she was only part Romani, she strongly identified with the Romani culture. She became a famous dancer and singer of Andalusianmarker Romani folklore at a very young age, featuring in films from 1939 to 1987. Her greatest success was in folklore shows with Manolo Caracol, who was her artistic partner until 1951.

Personal life

In 1958 she married Antonio González el Pescaílla, a guitarist. 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 interred in the Cementerio de la Almudenamarker in Madrid. Shortly after her death, her distraught 34-year-old son, Antonio Flores, died of a barbiturate overdose and was buried near her.

In 2007, the biography Lola, la película was made. The movie describes her early life, starting in 1931 until 1958.


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