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Silvia Pinal (born Silvia Pinal Hidalgo on September 12, 1931 in Guaymas, Sonora) is a Mexican actress, who had roles in several of Luis Buñuel's movies such as El ángel exterminador and Viridiana.
Silvia Pinal married several times to artists and politicians, among them Cuban actor Rafael Banquells who fathered a daughter with her, actress Silvia Pasquel (Pasquel is a combination of the surnames Pinal and Banquells). She then married Gustavo Alatriste, a businessman turned movie producer who granted her desires of working with Buñuel and fathered the late Viridiana Alatriste. She also married Enrique Guzmán a Venezuelan-born actor and singer who fathered her daughter Alejandra Guzmán, a singer. Silvia and Enrique hosted a TV show in the 1970s and divorced when Alejandra was still a child. Read Full Bio >>
She then married a Mexican politician and become one herself as a member of the PRI party in Mexico.
In 1949, Pinal started her career in film at the age of 18 in the movies BAMBA and El pecado de Laura. Three years later, in 1952, she made the film Un rincón cerca del cielo where she co-starred with legendary actor Pedro Infante and the Mexican Academy of Film awarded her a Best Supporting Actress Ariel for her role in this film . Pinal would later receive two more Ariels for Locura Pasional (in 1955) and Enemiga (in 1956).
After marrying Alatriste, a businessman who invited Spanish-born film director Luis Buñuel to direct Viridiana, a controversial film depicting a nun (played by Pinal) and her affair with the character played by Spanish actor Francisco Rabal. This film is still considered the best of the cinema of Spain and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Alatriste-Pinal-Buñuel team made two more successful films: El ángel exterminador (1962) and Simón del desierto (1965).
In 1968, Pinal obtained a role in her first telenovela titled Los caudillos, a story inspired in the events of the Mexican War of Independence. With her husband, Guzmán, hosted a musical talk-show titled Silvia y Enrique on Televisa. In 1985 she produced a show that portrays viewers-submitted stories about women titled Mujer, casos de la vida real that became a success and it is still broadcasted by Televisa in Mexico and Latin America and Univision in the United States.
She acted in another telenovela in 1973 and there more in the 1980s before taking a 15-year break from these roles. In 1983, she produced Cuando los hijos se van, starred by her daughter Silvia Pasquel and Saby Kamalich. She returned to telenovela roles in 1998 with El privilegio de amar, the Best Telenovela of the Year, according to TVyNovelas. Her last two roles have been in Carita de ángel in 2000, Aventuras en el tiempo in 2001 and Amarte es mi pecado in 2004.
Pinal has also produced and starred in plays such as the Spanish language version of Mame. She then acquired her own theaters and named them Silvia Pinal and Diego Rivera and starred in Que tal Dolly!, the Spanish language version of Hello Dolly! and "Gypsy," opposite her real-life daughter, rocker Alejandra Guzmán.
In 2005, after a 12-month hiatus from stage roles, she starred in Debiera haber obispas ("There should be woman bishops") by Mexican writer Rafael Solana.
In 1993 she produced the Mexican premiere of Jerry Herman's musical adaptation of "La Cage Aux Folles" (La Jaula de Las Locas). She is currently starring in the play "Adorables Enemigas" ("Legends")by James Kirkwood in Mexico City at the Teatro Diego Rivera
She became a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party and was elected to federal deputy, senator and member of the assembly of the Mexican Federal District. In these positions she played an active role towards culture and women's causes. << Less Bio
|1998||Mexican Cinema Journalists||For a career spanning fifty years.||Won|
|1979||Premios ACE||Cinema - Best Actress||Las mariposas disecadas (1978).||Won|
|1958||Ariel Awards, Mexico||Best Actress||La dulce enemiga (1957).||Won|
|1957||Ariel Awards, Mexico||Best Actress||Locura pasional (1956).||Won|
|1956||Ariel Awards, Mexico||Best Actress||Un extraño en la escalera (1955).||Nominated|
|1953||Ariel Awards, Mexico||Best Supporting Actress||Un rincón cerca del cielo (1952).||Won|