Silvia Pinal

Mexican politician

Silvia Pinal Hidalgo (born 12 September 1931) is a Mexican film, television and stage actress. She is one of the most recognized and versatile Mexican actresses worldwide. She is internationally known for having starred in a famous movie trilogy with the famous film director Luis Buñuel, heichlicht in the classic film Viridiana (1961).

Silvia Pinal
Silvia Pinal Statue in Mexico City, Mexico
BornSilvia Pinal Hidalgo
(1931-09-12) 12 September 1931 (age 88)
Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
ResidenceMexico Ceety, Mexico
Years active1945–present
Hame tounMexico Ceety, Mexico
Poleetical pairty
Institutional Revolutionar Pairty
Hauf-marrae(s)Rafael Banquells
Gustavo Alatriste
Enrique Guzmán
Tulio Hernandez
ChilderSylvia Pasquel
Viridiana Alatriste
Luis Enrique Guzmán
Alejandra Guzmán
RelativesStephanie Salas (Granddochter)

Pinal is considered one the last living legends of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She is considered one of the pioneers of the television and musical theatre in Mexico. Her daughters and some of her students have dabbled in the stardom world, making Pinal, the head of one of the most famous artistic dynasties of Mexico.

Early lifeEedit

Silvia Pinal Hidalgo was born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, on 12 September 1931. She was the only daughter of Maria Luisa Hidalgo, a student (according to several sources) of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, founder of the unthirldom movement in Mexico, and Luis G. Pinal a journalist, military and politician. By her father's side, she has three half-sisters. She and her family lived in several cities in Mexico: Querétaro, Cuernavaca and Acapulco, and finally settled in Mexico City. In Mexico City she worked as a secretary for a pharmaceutical firm. Later, she had the opportunity to participate in the recording of some radio plays in the XEQ, a Mexican radio station: Dos pesos la dejada and Midsummer Night's Dream. She took acting classes in the Palacio de Bellas Artes and where she was chosen Queen of the Mexican Students an wis presentit wi the Cuban actor an director Rafael Banquells, who included her in several plays that sat in the theater company of the Spanish actress Isabelita Blanch. Her first work was an experimental project called Los caprichos de Goya.


Career in filmEedit

In 1949, Pinal stairtit her career in film at the age o 18 in the movies La Bamba an El pecado de Laura (wi Meche Barba an Rafael Banquells). She gained popularity as a "young lady" o the Gowden age o Mexican cinema in the 1950s. She starred in some successful movies like El rey del barrio wi Tin Tan (1950), El portero, wi Cantinflas (1951), Mis Tres Viudas Alegres (1953), wi Amalia Aguilar an El inocente (1953), wi Pedro Infante, winnin her first Silver Ariel awaird. She earned twa mair Ariels for Locura Pasional (in 1955) an Enemiga (in 1956). She gained further recognition wi roles in a nummer o movies for the Argentine director Tulio Demicheli, as Un extraño en la escalera (1954) or Desnudate Lucrecia (1959). Efter marryin Gustavo Alatriste, a businessman who invitit Spainyie film director Luis Buñuel tae direct Viridiana, a controversial film depictin a nun (played bi Pinal) an her affair wi the character played bi Spainyie actor Francisco Rabal. The Alatriste-Pinal-Buñuel team made twa mair successful films, El ángel exterminador (1962) and Simón del desierto (1965).

Efter the Buñuel-Pinal collaboration, Pinal starred in numerous movies durin the 1960s an 1970s, like Los Cuervos están de luto (1965), La soldadera (1966), La Bataille de San Sebastian (1968, in Fraunce), María Isabel (1968), El Cuerpazo del Delíto (1970, wi Mauricio Garcés), Divínas Palabras (1978), Pubis Angelical (1982, in Argentina), an Modelo Antiguo (1992).

Career on televeesionEedit

In 1968, Pinal obtained a role in her first telenovela titled Los caudillos, a story inspired in the events o the Mexican War o Unthirldom. Wi her husband, Guzmán, she hostit a muisical talk-show titled Silvia y Enrique on Televisa. In 1985, she producit a show that portrays viewers-submittit stories aboot weemen titled Mujer, casos de la vida real that became a success an it is still producit an broadcast bi Televisa in Mexico an Laitin Americae an Univision in the Unitit States.

She actit in anither telenovela in 1973 an mair in the 1980s afore takkin a 15-year break frae such roles. In 1983, she produced Cuando los hijos se van, starrin her dochter Silvia Pasquel an Saby Kamalich. She returned tae telenovela roles in 1998 wi El privilegio de amar, the Best Telenovela of the Year, accordin tae TVyNovelas. Her maist recent roles hae been in Carita de ángel in 2000, Aventuras en el tiempo in 2001, Amarte es mi pecado in 2004 an Fuego en la Sangre in 2008.

In 2010, Pinal pairticipatit in the Mexican telenovela Soy Tu Dueña.

Pinal is featured in the 2007 beuk Televisa Presenta, which celebrates ower 50 years o Televisa's history.

Career on stageEedit

Pinal haes producit an starred in plays such as the Spainyie leid version o Mame an aw. She then acquired her awn theaters an namit thaim Silvia Pinal an Diego Rivera an starred in Que tal Dolly!, the Spainyie-leid version o Hello Dolly! an Gypsy, opposite her real-life dochter, Alejandra Guzmán.

In 2005, efter a 12-month hiatus frae stage roles, she starred in Debiera haber obispas ("There shoud be wumman bishops") bi Mexican writer Rafael Solana. In 1993, she producit the Mexican premiere o Jerry Herman's muisical adaptation o La Cage Aux Folles ("La Jaula de Los Locos"). She last starred in Adorables Enemigas in Mexico Ceety at the Teatro Diego Rivera.

Career in politicsEedit

She became a member o the Institutional Revolutionar Pairty an wis electit tae federal deputy, senator an member o the assembly o the Mexican Federal Destrict.

Personal lifeEedit

Pinal haes been marriet fower times, first tae Cuban actor Rafael Banquells who haed a dochter wi her, actress Silvia Pasquel (Pasquel is a combination o the surnames Pinal an Banquells). She then marriet Gustavo Alatriste, a businessman turned movie producer who wis the faither o her seicont dochter, Viridiana Alatriste (17 Januar 1963 – 25 October 1982), who wis killed in a caur crash at the age o 19.

Pinal later marriet Enrique Guzmán, a Caracas, Venezuela-born Mexican actor an sangster. They haed twa childer: Luis Enrique Guzmán an Alejandra Guzmán. Pinal an Guzmán hostit a TV show in the 1960s, but later divorcit. Her last husband wis Tulio Hernández, whom she marriet in 1982; the marriage ended in 1995.

Awairds an honorsEedit

Pinal haes been inductit intae the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico Ceety for her wirk. She an her dochters Silvia Pasquel an Alejandra Guzmán are amang the few mither an dochter pairs so honored.





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  • Agrasánchez Jr., Rogelio (2001). Bellezas del cine mexicano/Beauties of Mexican Cinema. Archivo Fílmico Agrasánchez. ISBN 968-5077-11-8.

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