Madrid (EFE).- The life of Lola Flores, who was born 100 years ago today, is full of anecdotes that transcended through the media and from there passed into the collective imagination, with mythical phrases such as “if you love me, leave!” and emblematic moments such as the lost earring in Florida Park.
Who knows if the jewel will end up resting in the house-museum that is going to open in Jerez in memory of the artist next spring, and that will contain “her earrings, combs, the drawings of the dresses she wore to her couturiers, books or her batas de cola, in addition to hundreds of photographs and things from his private life”, explained his daughter Rosario when presenting this space in Fitur.
This object starred in one of his most media anecdotes, when he interrupted a performance saying: “I dropped an earring.” It was in the program “Esta noche fiesta” by José María Íñigo, on February 22, 1977, which was recorded in the Florida Park room (Madrid).
The artist was dancing with her usual impetus when a valuable earring flew out. «Sorry, but I dropped a gold earring», «you are going to return it to me because my little job cost me», «thank you very much with all my heart but the earring, Íñigo, I don’t want to lose it, eh, please» , he commented while trying to resume his performance.
“If you want me, go away!”
«If you want me, go away!». With this other legendary phrase he tried on August 25, 1983 to get people to leave the Church of the Incarnation in Marbella so that his daughter Lolita could marry Guillermo Furiase. Such was the avalanche of people (they say about 5,000) that gathered inside the temple that the young people had to say ‘I do’ in the sacristy.
“Maybe I ask in the box to put it in”
In the program “La Clave”, presented by José Luis Balbín, on November 23, 1984, Lola Flores is asked why she abandoned the bata de cola and she replies: “But how long has it been since you saw me? If I don’t take it off. I will die with her, not on stage, of course. But maybe I ask that they put it in the box for me ». And she adds between the laughs of the participants: “the bata de cola”.
“If each Spaniard gave me a peseta”
He did not stop to lament his problems with the Treasury before the cameras, even suggesting in 1987 that if each Spaniard gave him a peseta, he could solve everything: «If each Spaniard gave me a peseta, but not to me, where they have to give it, maybe I would get out of debt.” The one who called herself “Lola de Hacienda” would come to sentence: “those who have hurt me, the politicians who have hurt me, they will be replaced, I have no substitute, I will die being Lola Flores.”
Wedding at 6 in the morning
He had to get married at 6 in the morning. On October 27, 1957, he married the Catalan gypsy guitarist Antonio González “El Pescaílla”, pregnant with what would be his daughter Lolita, in the Basilica of the Monastery of El Escorial. The film producer Cesáreo González attended as godfather and the artist Paquita Rico as godmother but everything was done at dawn and quickly since the boyfriend was threatened. He had a daughter with another woman, from the Amaya family and, according to the gypsy rite, it was as if they were already married.
He left in the arms of his secretary
On May 16, 1995, at her home in “El Lerele” in La Moraleja, Lola Flores died at the age of 72 in the arms of Carmen Mateo, without the presence of her husband and children, according to her daughter Lolita. She had been “her secretary, her friend and confidant” of hers for years. “She (Mateo) takes that joy and that sadness too,” Lolita would comment.
In 2016, Google paid tribute to him for his 93rd birth with a commemorative “doodle” for nearly 20 countries.