Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the top-selling Latin artist of the 1990s decade, while her posthumous collaboration with MAC cosmetics became the best-selling celebrity collection in cosmetics history. Media outlets called her the "Tejano Madonna" for her clothing choices. She also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time and is credited for catapulting a music genre into the mainstream market. The youngest child of the Quintanilla family, she debuted on the music scene in 1981 as a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos, which also included her elder siblings A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. She began recording professionally in 1981.
|Born:||Selena Quintanilla, April 16, 1971, Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S.|
|Died:||March 31, 1995, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Gunshot wound|
|Resting place:||Seaside Memorial Park, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|Monuments:||Mirador de la Flor, Selena Quintanilla Perez Park, Selena Hollywood Star|
|Other names:||Selena Quintanilla-Pérez|
|Alma mater:||Pacific Western University|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Spokeswoman, Fashion Designer, Activist, Entrepreneur|
|Parent(s):||Abraham Quintanilla, Marcella Samora|
|Relatives:||Suzette Quintanilla (sister), A.B. Quintanilla (brother)|
|Website:||Selena's Official site|
|Twitter:||Selena's Twitter profile|
About Selena Quintanilla
Tejano performing artist who sold over twenty-one million albums and earned a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album for Live! in 1994. She was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar, the former president of her fan club who she had previously fired for embezzling money.
She sang at her parents' restaurant, which went out of business, and left school when she was in eighth grade.
Her song, "Dreaming of You" became a thirty-five-times Platinum-selling hit.
She married Chris Perez on April 2, 1992.
Jennifer Lopez starred in a 1997 film based on her life and murder, which was titled Selena.
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