It’s been 20 years since the release of the biopic Selena.
The film, starring Jennifer Lopez, tells the story of the late Selena Quintanilla-Perez from her childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas until her sudden and untimely death in March 1995.
Known by her first name, Selena, was in her prime. At just the age of 23, the Queen of Tejano music multiple Tejano Music awards and a Grammy, had five No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks, created a clothing line and was in the midst of recording her crossover English-language album. Tragically, her life was tragically cut short when she was murdered by her fan club president on March 31, 1995.
Following Selena’s passing, her father, Abraham Quintanilla, decided to produce an official film – along with the family – based on the life of his daughter. Jennifer Lopez was picked to play the singer out of approximately 22,000 others who auditioned for the role.
The film was released on March 21, 1997 and became Lopez’s breakthrough performance and has stated that Selena was her inspiration to begin her own solo music career. Selena is the 11th highest grossing biopic of all time.