Marcella Samora Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 02 Sep, 2020
Facts of Marcella Samora
Date of Birth: 1944 , July-17
Age: 76 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Marcella Samora
Birth Name Marcella Ofelia Samora
Nationality American
Birth Place/City USA
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Married to Abraham Quintanilla Jr.
Children 3 ( Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III, Suzette Quintanilla, Selena Quintanilla)
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Marcella Samora is the mother of the singer-songwriter, model, actress, and fashion designer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known famously as simply Selena. One of the most famous Latin-American musicians of all time, Selena was shot and killed by her friend and former manager Yolanda Saldívar days before she turned 24. 

When was Marcella Samora Born? Age, Early Life, and Ethnicity

Marcella Samora was born Marcella Ofelia Samora on July 17, 1944, in the USA. Part-Mexican and part-Cherokee Indian, Samora's father was from Amarillo, Texas, and her mother, from Colorado.

Marcella Samora and her husband Abraham Quintanilla Jr.  SOURCE: Getty Images

Marcella was raised in Washington, D.C. It was in Tacoma, Washington where she met and fell in love with Abraham Quintanilla Jr. -- an aspiring musician who, at the time they met, was serving in the US military and was posted to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. They got married on June 8, 1963. 

Mother of Abraham Jr., Suzette, and Selena Quintanilla

Samora and Quintanilla Jr. had three children together: Abraham "A.B." Isaac Quintanilla III (born on December 13, 1963), Suzette "Suzy" Quintanilla (born on June 29, 1967), and Selena Quintanilla (born on April 16, 1971).

The siblings were at one point, part of the band Selena y Los Dinos with Selena on vocals, A.B. on bass and backing vocals,  Suzy on drums and backing vocals, and their father acting as the manager of sorts. The band released six studio albums and disbanded with the death of Selena.

Death of Youngest Daughter, Selena 

Although all three of her children would find fame as part of the Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos, Marcella's youngest, Selena, undoubtedly eclipsed all members of her family.

Marcella Samora and Abraham Quintanilla Jr. with daughter Selena SOURCE: Getty Images

One of the most commercially successful and influential Latin music artists of all time, Selena has released five solo studio albums. Her albums have sold a combined 30 million copies worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female Latin artists in history.  

Besides that, Selena was also a model, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. 

How Did Selena Die?       

Selena was only 23 years old and at the peak of her popularity when she was gunned down and murdered by her best friend and the former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiquesYolanda Saldívar, on March 31, 1995. The shooting was a culmination of a dispute over Saldivar's mishandlings of the finances of Selena's boutique store 

Where is Marcella Samora Now?    

Following the unspeakable tragedy of her youngest's death, Marcella leads a modest living out of the spotlight. She helped found The Selena Foundation in May 1995 in the namesake of her deceased daughter. The non-profit organization helps impoverished children receive basic needs facilities and education.  


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