The Google doodle is celebrating what would have been the 93rd birthday of Lola Flores, an iconic Spanish singer, dancer and actress who was a flamenco icon.
She was born María Dolores Flores Ruiz in Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain, on January 21st 1923.
She appeared in films from 1939 to 1987 and found fame not only in Spain, but also in Mexico and the United States.
Despite being identified with Spanish gypsy (gitano) culture throughout her life, Flores was not in fact a gypsy herself (although she did say her maternal grandfather had gitano roots). She did, however, marry into a gitano family when she married Antonio González (known as el Pescaílla) a guitarist from Barcelona.
She was known as “La Faraona” or the Pharaoh, because of her supposed Egyptian features.
She died of breast cancer aged 72 in Madrid. Her son, Antonio Flores, 33, was so distraught that he committed suicide shortly after her death and was buried alongside her.
Both Lola’s daughters Lolita and Rosario went into show business. Lolita is an actress, singer and TV presenter and Rosario is a singer and actress. You might recognize her as the female bullfighter from Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-winning film, Talk to Her.
Lola Flores and family performing.