Elena Furiase

by madman on August 9, 2017

Elena Furiase – 29th Annual Goya Awards – Arrivals – Centro de Congresos Principe Felipe – Madrid, Spain – Photo Credit: Solarpix / PR Photos

Birth Name: Elena Dolores Furiase González

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain

Date of Birth: March 9, 1988

*Italian-Argentinian (father)
*Romani, Spanish (mother)

Elena Furiase is a Spanish actress. She is the daughter of actress and singer Lolita Flores (María Dolores González Flores) and producer and entrepreneur Guillermo Furiase, and a granddaughter of actress, singer, and dancer Lola Flores. Her father is Argentinian, and has Italian ancestry. Her mother, who is Spanish, is of Romani and Spanish descent.

Her maternal uncle, Antonio Flores, was a singer and actor, her maternal aunt, Rosario Flores, is a two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, and her maternal great-aunt, Carmen Flores, was also a singer. Carmen was the mother of football player and coach Quique Sánchez Flores.

When asked to what degree she is of Argentinian and Romani ancestry, Elena stated:

Half, half. My Argentinian family is descended from Italian immigrants. From them I got the family protection, the taste for meat and pasta. The Romani part is in the art, I enjoy rumba and flamenco, my family, and the little things. I love Latin America and feel happy there.

A picture of Elena’s mother’s family can be seen here.

Elena’s maternal grandfather was Antonio González (born Antonio González Batista, the son of Antonio González and Antonia Batista), a dancer, musician, and composer, also known as El Pescaílla. Elena’s grandfather Antonio was born in Barcelona, Catalonia, and was Romani.

Elena’s maternal grandmother was María Dolores “Lola” Flores Ruiz (the daughter of Pedro Flores Pinto and Rosario Ruiz Rodriguez). Lola was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, of Spanish ancestry. Lola is sometimes said to have Romani ancestry through her maternal grandfather, often cited as Manuel. It is not clear if this is accurate. She is also described as being of only Spanish descent.

Sources: Information about Elena’s maternal grandmother, Lola Flores – http://www.diezminutos.es

Obituary of Elena’s maternal grandmother, Lola Flores – http://www.eltiempo.com

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

madman August 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

Should “half Romani and half Spanish” be switched to “five eighths Romani and three eighths Spanish”?

blue August 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

Elena furiase mom, Lolita, is fully gypsy o romani.

Elena Furiase is italian argentinian and romani.

You can see the photos of his mom and grandparents, they looks hindu or pakistaníes, because gypsies comes from that área.

In spain only plays flamenco the gypsies.


madman August 13, 2017 at 8:52 am

Elena’s maternal grandmother appears to have been of Spanish descent, not Romani. You gonna have to give me a little more than just “they all look Indian”.

blue August 13, 2017 at 11:29 am


She lives in a total romani Hood man, is a guetto, White people dont live with gypsies, they are very racist with us.

The gypsies consider herself as romani aswell, and they not consider a payo ( White person in spain) a gypsy.

And please, she doesnt look a spaniard, she looks very gypsy, her nickname is faraona-

blue August 13, 2017 at 11:35 am
madman August 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm

@blue @bablah

Although Lola Flores grew up surrounded by Romani people and culture, she is rarely cited as coming from a Romani family. Quite the contrary, the assertions about her Romani maternal grandfather wouldn’t make sense of her entire family was Romani. Only on this site we have countless examples of celebrities who identifies with an ethnicity they don’t belong to, or that is a minority of their ancestry.

Some text about her ancestry (the first one might be enough to conclude that she was indeed one quarter Romani):

“Pedro Flores, also known as “El Comino” due to both his short stature and his peasant family’s traditional nickname, was born in Bollullos del Condado (Huelva) and arrived in Jerez after having traveled throughout Western Andalusia from work to work. In the town of Cádiz, In the Cadiz town, and already an employee at the Hotel Langares, he met the woman who would become his wife, Rosario Ruiz Rodríguez, a tall, beautiful brunette born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and half gypsy, since she was the daughter of a white woman and a Kale [Spanish Romani] who was dedicated to street vending. Lola Flores always emphasized this quarter of blood from the bronze people and was claimed by this ethnic group by vocation and visceralities, since she felt fully gypsy, from the feet to the head, as she liked to remember.”


“Although not a gypsy herself, Flores identified with over half a million Spanish gypsies. She was born in Jeréz de la Frontera, in a neighbourhood with a large gypsy population. Although not a gypsy herself, Lola was in a sense the best ambassador for the gypsies of Spain, said Manuel Martín Ramírez, from Presencia Gitana, one of the organizations for Spanish gypsies. She always defended their rights and identified with them and their problems, Ramirez said.”


“I also wanted to know how the gypsies influenced her art. Because she wasn’t a gypsy, although many think so, because Lola felt gypsy.”


bablah August 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

I’ll have to agree with blue. Elena’s mother posted a picture of herself and Lola Flores and hashtaged it #gitanas (as in plural). She obviously considers her mother Romani.

andrew August 13, 2017 at 5:46 am

her maternal uncle, Antonio Flores, was a singer and actor. Her maternal aunt, Rosario Flores, is a two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and actress.

Her maternal great-aunt, Carmen Flores, was also a singer, and the mother of football player and coach Quique Sánchez Flores

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