Flor Silvestre (Guillermina Jiménez Chabolla)
BiographySalamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico
Flor Silvestre 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. Read more... of Mexico. Her most notable films from the 1950s are El bolero de Raquel (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.