Birth Name: Elena Dolores Furiase González
Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain
Date of Birth: March 9, 1988
*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 first cousin is actress Alba Flores.
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 paternal grandmother, Lola Flores – http://www.eltiempo.com