María Dolores Flores Ruiz (21 January 1923 – 16 May 1995) better known as Lola Flores was a Spanish singer, dancer, actress. She was born at number 45, Sol street, in the “barrio de San Miguel”, quarter of Jerez de la Frontera. Lola Flores was the eldest of three children, born to Pedro Flores Pinto (1897-1973) from La Palma del Condado (Huelva) and Rosario Ruiz Rodriguez from Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz). Lola Flores was a gypsy because of her maternal grandfather, Manuel, who was a street vendor.
She died on May 16, 1995 at her residence "El Lerele" situated in La Moraleja, municipality of Alcobendas (Madrid), at the age of 72, due to breast cancer that had been diagnosed in 1972. Her funeral chapel was installed in the Cultural Center of the Villa (currently Teatro Fernán Gómez) of Madrid, in Plaza de Colón (Colón’s square). In an open and shrouded coffin with a white blanket, all her admirers and friends could come and see her. She was taken to the Cemetery of the Almudena in Madrid where she was buried. It was one of the burials most remembered by the number of people who came; the funeral was broadcast live on television.
Fifteen days after her death, on May 31, 1995, her son Antonio Flores (aged 33) was found dead in the family residence of "El Lerele".