Flor Silvestre

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Flor Silvestre
Flor Silvestre in Ánimas Trujano.jpg
as Catalina in Ánimas Trujano
Background information
Birth nameGuillermina Jiménez Chabolla
Also known as"La Sentimental"
Born(1930-08-16) August 16, 1930 (age 83)
Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico
OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresRanchera, mariachi, corrido, bolero, norteño, banda
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1943–present
LabelsRCA Víctor, Musart, Green Dream
Associated actsLuis Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar, José Alfredo Jiménez, Francisco Avitia, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Rosa de Castilla
 
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Flor Silvestre
Flor Silvestre in Ánimas Trujano.jpg
as Catalina in Ánimas Trujano
Background information
Birth nameGuillermina Jiménez Chabolla
Also known as"La Sentimental"
Born(1930-08-16) August 16, 1930 (age 83)
Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico
OriginMexico City, Mexico
GenresRanchera, mariachi, corrido, bolero, norteño, banda
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1943–present
LabelsRCA Víctor, Musart, Green Dream
Associated actsLuis Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar, José Alfredo Jiménez, Francisco Avitia, Miguel Aceves Mejía, Rosa de Castilla

Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla (born August 16, 1930),[1] commonly known by her stage name Flor Silvestre, is a Mexican recording artist and actress whose career spans seven decades in music, film, comic books, television, and the stage.[2][3]

Often remarked for her great physical beauty and the sentiment and courage of her music,[3] Silvestre has recorded 152 albums. She was one of Musarts' best-selling artists in 1967[4] and 1969, when they awarded her with "The Golden Clover".[5]

Included in Cine Confidencial magazine's edition of folkloric leading ladies of Mexican cinema,[6] Silvestre was one of the few ranchera singers who found cinematic success. Her versatility in film led her to play a wide variety of roles including soldaderas, femme fatales, vamps, and ingenues. Her most prominent roles are featured in the films Primero soy mexicano, El bolero de Raquel, La cucaracha, and Ánimas Trujano, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[7]

During the apogee of her career she married co-star Antonio Aguilar. Their sons, Antonio Aguilar Jr. and Pepe Aguilar, also ventured into the film and music industries. Besides being internationally recognized in music and cinema, Silvestre also became the image of a popular comic book entitled La Llanera Vengadora.[8] She is the elder sister of singer and actress Enriqueta Jiménez.

Early life[edit]

Flor Silvestre was born Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla in Salamanca, Guanajuato[9] on August 16, 1930,[1][9] to Jesús Jiménez Cervantes and María de Jesús Chabolla Peña.[9] She is the third of seven children: Francisco, Raquel, (herself), José Luis, Enriqueta, María de la Luz, and Arturo.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Singing[edit]

At the age of 13, Silvestre along with her family moved to central Mexico City,[9] where she began her first steps in her musical career singing such ranchera songs as "La canción mexicana", "Yo también soy mexicana" and "El herradero".[9] She became one of the leading artists in the XFO radio station being heard by the audience singing the song "La soldadera", by José de Jesús Morales. After her work in the XFO, Flor won a fan contest in the XEW radio station. She sang in the Teatro Colonial, which was the start for her tour across Central and South America and prior to that chose the stage name of "Flor Silvestre" (wild flower), when the Dolores del Río-starred film Flor silvestre was released in theaters in 1943.[9]

Acting[edit]

Flor Silvestre immersed herself into the Mexican cinema during its Golden era. Her film debut was in Te besaré en la boca in 1950 and at the age of 21. She was discovered by producer Gregorio Walerstein, who after hearing her sing in "El Patio", cast her in her first starring role alongside Joaquín Pardave and Luis Aguilar in the 1950 comedy-drama film Primero soy mexicano.[9] Like many rising singers, Silvestre made a prolific intervention in cinema, which also boosted her musical career. She also appeared again with Luis Aguilar and Francisco Avitia in the masked-hero film, El tigre enmascarado, the following year.

Silvestre quickly became one of Cinematográfica Jalisco's leading actresses starring with Dagoberto Rodríguez in the masked-hero western film trilogy "El lobo solitario", in the films El lobo solitario, La justicia del lobo, and Vuelve el lobo all released in 1952. Her talent, poise, and beauty maintained her in the film industry sharing credits with many of Mexico's most famous actors.

After a brief disappearance in cinema for at least three years, Flor Silvestre's first color film appearance was alongside Elsa Aguirre in 1956 in La doncella de piedra. The same year, she starred with Antonio Aguilar, who would be her future husband, in the film La huella del chacal, an installment in the Mauricio Rosales film series. Silvestre also starred with Cantinflas and Manola Saavedra in El bolero de Raquel in 1957, a popular film and one of the first where she does not contribute to the soundtrack. In 1959, Flor starred alongside Demetrio González in the Mexiscope production Tan bueno el giro como el colorado, as the lead of an all-star cast in Pueblo en armas and its sequel ¡Viva la soldadera!, and with María Félix in Ismael Rodríguez's revolution-epic La cucaracha.

As the dawn of the 1960s came along, Silvestre also starred with popular comic pair Viruta y Capulina in Dos locos en escena in 1960. Silvestre was cast along with Toshiro Mifune and Columba Domínguez in the award-winning film Ánimas Trujano in 1962, another film directed by Ismael Rodríguez. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and is probably her best-known role among the American audience. By this decade, she would avert her roles from low-budget westerns and comedies to star in Mexican Revolution-drama films with her husband Antonio Aguilar, such as Caballo prieto azabache in 1968, Lauro Puñales in 1969, and El ojo de vidrio in 1969.

By the 1970s, Flor Silvestre had made a popular cinematic image of a folkloric woman-hero, therefore that became the subject of a comic magazine entitled La Llanera Vengadora,[8] which translates as "the avenging plainswoman", using her likeness and name. The magazine featured a female hero who sought justice, and was dressed in brightly colored cowboy garb.[8] In this decade, she had some musical guest roles in films, but still maintained her leading lady status in many of Mario Hernández's productions. In the later two decades the films Sabor a sangre and Persecución y muerte de Benjamin Argumedo both in 1980 are among her noted roles, and Triste recuerdo in 1991, which was her last screen appearance, is one of her most memorable roles. She was 62 years old when she decided to leave Mexican cinema, but has appeared frequently in interviews, award festivals, and talk-shows. Flor Silvestre never appeared in any Mexican television series, but her filmography counts up a total of 74 films.

Personal life[edit]

Silvestre gave birth to her first child, Dalia Inés, when she was 16 years old.[11] Dalia Inés publicly omits the name of her biological father, who was a radio announcer, since she says that she considers Antonio Aguilar as her father figure.[11] Silvestre later married television presenter Paco Malgesto.[11] Their children are Marcela Rubiales Jiménez, a singer and actress, and Francisco Rubiales Jiménez, a voice-over actor.[11]

In an interview with Don Francisco in Don Francisco presenta, Silvestre confirmed that during her first few films with Antonio Aguilar she had not been romantically involved with him.[12] It wasn't until the film Heraclio Bernal when both decided to divorce their respective spouses (Aguilar being married to actress Otilia Larrañaga and Silvestre being married to television presenter Paco Malgesto) to marry each other.[13] Aguilar and Silvestre finally married on October 29, 1959, shortly before the release of their most recent film La cucaracha. Their marriage produced two sons: Antonio Aguilar hijo and Pepe Aguilar.

On February 28, 2012, Silvestre underwent surgery to extirpate the cancer-stricken half of her right lung.[14] She responded well to the surgery and has since been recuperating.[15]

Accolades[edit]

Selected discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Guillermina Jimenez-chabolla, "United States, Border Crossings from Mexico to United States, 1903-1957"". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biographical Dictionary of Mexican Film Performers: S", terpconnect.umd.edu.
  3. ^ a b "Flor Silvestre - La sentimental LP". eBay.com. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Dec 16, 1967". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Feb 28, 1970". Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cine Confidencial: Folklóricas del cine mexicano". Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cineastas y profesionales de Guanajuato - Sistema de informacion cultural". Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "An International Catalogue of Superheroes". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Flor Silvestre, estandarte de la música ranchera". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Flor Silvestre", last.fm
  11. ^ a b c d "Muestra Dalia Inés 'orgullo' familiar". lasnoticiasmexico.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Flor Silvestre recordó a su Charro". Univision Interactive Media. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  13. ^ "Dificiles momentos". La Cronica de Hoy. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Le extirparon la mitad del pulmón derecho a la mamá de Pepe Aguilar". TVyNovelas. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Flor Silvestre fue operada de tumor en el pulmón". Univision. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Reconocen trayectoria de la dinastía Aguilar
  17. ^ "Periodistas Cinematográficos de México, A.C. - 42nd Silver Goddess Awards (2013)". pecime.com.mx. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

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