Marisol (actress)

Josefa Flores González (born 4 February 1948), known professionally as Marisol or Pepa Flores, is a retired Spanish singer and actress who was popular in Spain during the 1960s as a child and teen star.

Josefa Flores González

(1948-02-04) 4 February 1948
Other namesPepa Flores
OccupationSinger, actress
Spouse(s)Carlos Goyanes Perojo
Antonio Esteve Ródenas
ChildrenMaría Esteve Flores
Tamara Esteve Flores
Celia Esteve Flores

Early life

Marisol was born Josefa Flores González on 4 February 1948 in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. From early childhood, she demonstrated a love of singing and flamenco dance. In 1959 she was discovered by film producer Manuel José Goyanes Martínez, who saw her on television. Marisol became a sensation both in Spain and overseas.

Professional life

As a singer

Marisol was a child star during the 1960s, entertaining high-ranking dignitaries (including Francisco Franco). Director Luis Lucia Mingarro propelled her to national stardom in the film trilogy Un rayo de luz (Ray of Light), Ha llegado un ángel (An Angel Has Arrived) and Tómbola (Lottery). The films featured Marisol singing some of her best-known songs, "La vida es una tómbola" ("Life Is a Lottery"), "Corre, corre, caballito" ("Run, Run, Little Horse"), "Bambina", "Ola, Ola, Ola", "Estando contigo" ("Being with You"), "Chiquitina" ("Little Girl") and "Nueva melodía" ("A New Melody"). In 1963 she starred in Marisol Rumbo a Río (Marisol Is Bound for Rio), where she played twins (similar to Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap) and sang "Bossanova junto a ti" ("Bossanova Close to You"), "Muchachita" ("Little Woman"), "¡Oh, Tony!" and "Guajiras". Marisol co-starred with Robert Conrad in the 1964 film La Nueva Cenicienta (The New Cinderella), in which she sang "Me conformo" ("I Am Happy"). Mel Ferrer directed her in Cabriola (Prancer) in 1965, where she sang "Cabriola", "¡Ay, vagabundo!", "Ya no me importas nada" ("You Mean Nothing to Me") and "Sevillanas", and went shopping in Paris with Audrey Hepburn. She appeared in Búscame esa chica (Find Me That Girl) with El Duo Dinámico (a popular duet during the 1960s and 1970s). The film had biographical elements, featuring Marisol singing "Mi pequeña estrella" ("My Little Star"), "Typical Spanish" and "Solo a Ti" ("Only To You"). She had a cameo in La historia de Bienvenido (Bienvenido's Story), a story about a donkey.

As an actress

In 1967, Marisol starred in the comedy Las cuatro bodas de Marisol (The Four Weddings of Marisol), as the daughter of actress Isabel Garcés, and sang "La Boda (Marisol song)" ("The Wedding"), "Johnny", "Belen, Belen" (with Catalan flamenco singer Peret), and "La Tarara" (inspired by a García Lorca poem). She appeared in es:Solos los dos (The Two Alone), where she sang "La nieve" (her most popular song in South America, composed by Juan Pardo and Rocío Dúrcal's husband, Júnior). She appeared in the unsuccessful Carola de día, Carola de noche (Carola by Day, Carola by Night). In 1969, Marisol appeared in the musical comedy El taxi de los conflictos (The Taxicab of Troubles), where she sang "Corazón contento" ("Happy Heart"), a song composed by Argentine singer Palito Ortega.

Marisol received the Best Actress prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her role in Los Días del Pasado (The Bygone Days). Marisol also appeared in La corrupción de Chris Miller (The Corruption of Chris Miller), directed by Juan Antonio Bardem (uncle of Spanish actor Javier Bardem); La chica del Molino Rojo (The Girl from the Red Cabaret) with Mel Ferrer, and El poder del deseo (The Power of Desire) with Pilar Bardem (directed by Juan Antonio Bardem).

As an adult, Marisol changed her stage name to her given name, Pepa Flores. More recently, Marisol appeared in Carlos Saura's film Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding, based on García Lorca's play), and in Carmen (1983). She played the title role (a Liberal Party heroine) in the Spanish national television series Mariana Pineda in 1984, and was applauded for her lead role in the 1985's Caso Cerrado with Antonio Banderas.

Personal life

On 16 May 1969, Marisol married Carlos Goyanes Perojo, son of her producer. They separated in 1972.[1][2]

On 1973, she started a relationship with dancer Antonio Gades, and she has three daughters from him. María Esteve, the eldest, is an actress, and Celia Flores, the youngest, is a pop flamenco singer. After her divorce they married in 1982 in Cuba and their godparents were Fidel Castro and Alicia Alonso. They divorced on 1986,[3] and Gades died in 2004. She was a sympathizer (but not a member) of the Spanish Communist Party, distancing herself from the party after her separation from Gades.

Pepa Flores is retired, and lives with Massimo Stecchini, her partner since 1987, in Malaga, where she works for charitable causes.

In the wake of the Me Too movement, the claims Marisol made to Francisco Umbral and Interviú in the late 1970s about the sexual abuse she underwent as a child star resurfaced in Spanish Vanity Fair in 2018.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1960 A Ray of Light Marisol
1961 An Angel Has Arrived Marisol
1962 Tómbola Marisol
1963 Marisol Rumbo a Río Marisol / Mariluz Marisol Is Bound For Rio
1964 La Nueva Cenicienta Marisol The New Cinderella
1964 La Historia de Bienvenido Marisol The Bienvenido's Story
1965 Búsqueme a esa chica Marisol Find That Girl
1965 Cabriola Chica Prancer
1967 Las Cuatro Bodas de Marisol Marisol The Four Weddings of Marisol
1968 Solos los dos Marisol Collado Two Alone
1969 Carola de día, Carola de noche Carola Jungbunzlav Carola by day and by night
1969 El Taxi de los Conflictos Patricia The Problem Cab
1969 Urtain, el rey de la selva...o así Urtain, King of the Mountains
1973 The Corruption of Chris Miller Chris Miller
1973 La Chica del Molino Rojo The Girl from the Red Cabaret
1975 El Poder del Deseo Juna The Power of Desire
1978 Los Días del Pasado Juana Days Gone By
1981 Blood Wedding
1983 Carmen Credited as Pepa Flores
1985 Caso Cerrado Isabel Credited as Pepa Flores


Date Title Role Network Notes
23 April 1961 The Ed Sullivan Show Herself CBS, United States
24 June 1962 The Ed Sullivan Show Herself CBS, United States
19 October 1962 De Rudi Carrell Show Herself VARA, Netherlands
31 July 1965 Sábado 64 Herself
2 October 1965 Noche del sábado Herself
9 October 1966 Gran Premio Herself
October 1968 Galas del sábado Herself Televisión Española, Spain
17 May 1969 Galas del sábado Herself Televisión Española, Spain
December 1969 Galas del sábado Herself Televisión Española, Spain
1969 El Irreal Madrid Televisión Española, Spain
7 June 1970 Galas del sábado Herself Televisión Española, Spain
1972 360° en torno a Marisol Herself Televisión Española, Spain
25 November 1972 1st OTI Song Contest Herself OTI Representing Televisión Española and placing 3rd with the song Niña
Nov/Dec 1984 Proceso a Mariana Pineda Mariana Pineda Televisión Española, Spain 5 episodes, credited as Pepa Flores



  1. "Marisol-Pepa Flores". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. "Los eslabones de la gran redada". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). 23 June 1990. p. 3. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. "Antonio Gades: Aprendí que "primero está lo ético y después lo estético"". La Onda Digital (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. Lamarca, Eva (9 December 2018). "Marisol, un silencio a gritos". Vanity Fair (in Spanish). Condé Nast. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
Preceded by
Spain in the OTI Festival
Succeeded by
Camilo Sesto
with "Algo más"
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