Who is Florinda Meza?

Mexican actress, comedienne and producer Florinda Meza Garcia was born in Juchipila, Zacatecas, Mexico on 8 February 1949, making her zodiac sign Aquarius. She has only 15 acting credits, and is perhaps still best known for starring as Chimoltrufia, but also for playing various other characters in 696 episodes of the crime family comedy series “Chespirito”, which also starred Robert Gomez Bolanos, the creator of the series. It follows funny adventures of a group of people, the series aired from 1980 through 1995, and won various Mexican awards.

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Education and early life

Florinda was raised in Juchipila by her father Hector Meza and mother Emilia Garcia; she hasn’t disclosed many details about her parents, but it’s known that they’ve both passed away. Because Florinda has never spoken about having siblings, she’s widely believed to be an only child.

She fell in love with acting at the age of seven, when she began watching telenovelas with her mother on a daily basis. Florinda began appearing in theatre plays upon enrolling at high school in 1963, aged 14, but still remained focused on her education; some of the other activities which she enjoyed taking part in included dancing, playing various sports with her peers and singing.

Florinda matriculated in 1957 and then worked a couple of jobs to financially support herself, prior to launching her acting career.

Roles in TV series

Florinda’s debut TV series role was playing Dona Florinda in the 1970 romantic comedy “Chespirito”, which aired from 1970 through 1973, but failed to win any awards.

The year 1974 saw her appear in an episode of both the family fantasy “Mundo de Juguete”, and the historical romantic drama “La Tierra”. From 1973 through 1979, she starred as Minina and played various other characters in 137 episodes of the family fantasy comedy “El Chapulin Colorado”, which starred Roberto Gomez Bolanos and Ramon Valdes, and was also created by Roberto; it follows a superhero who seems to be causing more problems than he’s solving.

In 1979 and 1980, Florinda played the lead character Candida in all 13 episodes of the comedy “La Chicharra”, which also starred Roberto Gomez Bolanos and Ruben Aguirre, and follows the life of journalist Vicente Chambon who’s working for the newspaper “La Chicharra”.

From 1972 through 1983, Florinda was Dona Florinda in all 100 episodes of the family comedy “El Chavo del Ocho”, which was created by and starred Roberto Gomez Bolanos; it follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a poor and homeless boy.

Florinda’s since appeared in only a single TV series, but starring as Elisa in 89 episodes of the 1991 musical “Milagro y Magia”, which she also created; the series also starred Miguel Palmer and Ofelia Guilmain, and follows an elderly woman who’s fallen in love.

Roles in movies

Florinda’s debut film role was playing one of the lead characters Tere, in the 1979 family sports comedy “El Chanfle”, which also starred Roberto Gomez Bolanos and Ramon Valdes, and was directed by Enrique Segoviano; it follows the life of an untalented but kind waterboy whose wife’s just become pregnant.

The year 1982 saw Florinda reprise her role as Tere in the sequel “El Chanfle II”, and 1983 saw her play Aftadolfa in the crime comedy “Don Raton y Don Ratero”, which starred Roberto Gomez Bolanos, who also wrote and directed it; it follows the lives of members of two rival gangs of robbers in Mexico City.

In 1984, Florinda portrayed Hija del Sheriff in the western comedy “Charrito”, starring alongside Roberto Gomez Bolanos who also wrote and directed the movie; it follows a moviemaker who’s struggling to complete his newest movie, because of the extremely clumsy actor Charrito.

Florinda’s appeared in only three other movies: the 1988 comedy “Musica de Viento”, and in 2019 the short comedy “Cineminuto Cinemex: Dulce Familia” and the romantic comedy “Dulce Familia”.

Other credits

Florinda wrote and produced all 89 episodes of the 1991 series “Milagro y Magia”, and all 197 episodes of the 1997 series “Alguna vez Tendremos Alas”; she also produced all 219 episodes of the 1985 series “Maria de Nadie”, and three episodes of the 1995 series “La Duena”.

She received special thanks for a 2017 episode of the series “Morfi, Todos a la Mesa”.

Some of Florinda’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “Domingo Legal”, “Don Francisco Te Invita”, and “Prier Plano”.

Love life and marriage

Florinda prefers to keep her love life away from media, but some details about it are still known.

She married Roberto Mario Gomez ‘Chespirito’ Bolanos in a private but large ceremony on 19 November 2004, attended by many of their friends and family members. Roberto cast Florinda in all of his movies and TV series, and the two seemed to be very happy together.

They had no children, and the marriage ended on 28 November 2014, when Roberto died aged 85 from heart failure apparently caused by Parkinson’s disease.

There are no other men whom Florinda’s perhaps been with, that we know about; she was once married to Roberto Mario Gomez Bolanos, and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Florinda was stepmother of Graciela Gomez and Robert Gomez, from her late husband Roberto’s first marriage with Graciela Fernandez.

She and Roberto were together for 27 years prior to exchanging vows in 2004; he had already separated from his wife when they began dating, and Roberto and his first wife Graciela’s divorce was finalized in 1989, having married in 1968.

Florinda seems to be enjoying the attention which she’s receiving from her close to 300,000 Instagram followers; she’s posted nearly 200 pictures and videos, and most of these show her during her everyday life, while others are scenes from her movies and TV series, and some show her featured on the cover page of various magazines.

One of Florinda’s favorite Mexican actors is the late Anthony Quinn, and some of her favorite movies include “Barabbas”, “Requiem for a Heavyweight”, and “The Guns of Navarone”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Florinda’s age is 74. She has brown eyes and grey hair, is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall and weighs around 115lbs (52kgs).

Florinda’s net worth’s been estimated at over $20 million, as of August 2023.

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