Sélena Quintanilla Pérez


Sélena Quintanilla of Corpus Christi, popularly known as Sélena, was the queen of Tejano music and an international superstar in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her group, Selena y Los Dinos, was formed in 1981, and in 1987, she won the Tejano Music Award for best female vocalist. She recorded for Capital EMI/Latin Records and in 1992, her album, "Entre a Mi Mundo" (Enter My World) sold more than 300,000 copies, a record for a Tejana artist.

Sélena produced her first all-English language album in 1993 with SBK records; the next year, she won a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album "Selena Live." Sélena also designed clothes and owned fashion boutiques in San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

In 1995, Sélena was shot to death by Yolanda Saldivar, her business associate and former fan club president, in Corpus Christi. Her posthumous album, "Dreaming of You," climbed to number one on Billboard magazine's chart.

Biography Source Information

Biographies are reprinted from the Foundation for Women’s Resources (now Women’s Resources), Dallas, Texas. They originally appeared in "From Gutsy Mavericks to Quiet Heroes: True Tales of Texas Women," video study guide, Austin: The Foundation for Women's Resources, 1997. Death dates have been added where needed.