• Marcella Samora is a housewife who was the mother of the late American musician Selena Quintanilla.
• She has a husband, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and two children, Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III and Suzette Michelle Quintanilla.
• She enjoys travelling, listening to music, and watching movies in her spare time.
• Selena Quintanilla-Perez was an American singer-songwriter, actress, model, businesswoman, and fashion designer, known as the 'Queen of Tejano Music'.
• She was murdered by Yolanda Saldivar in 1995, and posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

Who is Marcella Samora?

Marcella Samora was born in the USA in 1944 – she hasn’t disclosed the exact place nor date of her birth, but her zodiac sign’s believed to be Scorpio, and she holds American nationality. She’s a housewife who’s probably known best for having been the mother of the late American musician Selena Quintanilla who was murdered on 31 March 1995 by Yolanda Saldivar who was the administrator of her fan club.

Early life and education

Marcella was raised in the US by her mother who was from Colorado, and her father who was from Amarillo, Texas; she hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, so Marcella’s believed to be an only child.

She’s quite secretive when it comes to talking about her childhood, but it’s known that she attended a local high school at which she was interested in sports, and dreamt about becoming a model. She also wanted to find a job to help her family financially. Marcella matriculated in 1962 and then soon married, thus deciding to become a housewife instead of pursuing a career or a college degree.

Love life and husband

Marcella met her future husband Abraham Quintanilla Jr. while she was still attending high school – he’s today a famous singer-songwriter with a net worth of over $10 million, while he was also the executive producer of the 1996 biographical musical drama movie “Selena” based on his daughter’s life.

Marcella and Abraham exchanged vows on 8 June 1963 in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members, and on 31 December 1963, Marcella gave birth to their son Abraham Isaac Quintanilla III, then on 29 June 1967,they welcomed their daughter Suzette Michelle Quintanilla, followed on 16 April 197 by, their daughter Selena.

All three children were interested in music, and had also worked together with the most popular song they had recorded being the 1987 “And the Winner Is”.

As of May 2021, Marcella’s married to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and they have two children, as Selena was murdered in 1995.


Hobbies and other interests

Marcella likes to listen to music in her spare time, and her favorite performers are her father and her late daughter; she’s also a fan of Michael Jackson, with her favorite song being “Billie Jean”.

She’s keen on travelling and has been all around the US, keeping her husband company during his concert tours, while the two have also been to Europe on numerous occasions for both work and pleasure. Marcella’s dream travel destination is Barcelona in Spain.

She’s a lover of animals, and has had various pet dogs and cats.

In her spare time which is mostly late at night, she enjoys watching movies and TV series starring some of her favorite actors and actresses Eddie Redmayne, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock, such as the film “Les Miserables”, the series “Friends”, and the movie “The Proposal”.

Age, height and net worth

Marcella’s age is 76. She has medium long brown and gray hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and she weighs around 154lbs (70kgs). As of May 2021, her and her husband’s shared net worth has been estimated at over $10 million.

Who was Selena Quintanilla?

Selena Quintanilla-Perez was born in Lake Jackson, Texas USA – her zodiac sign was Aries and she held American nationality. She was a singer-songwriter, actress, model, businesswoman and a fashion designer, who was known as ‘Queen of Tejano Music’ and quickly gained recognition thanks to her song-writing and her voice.

She was raised in Lake Jackson as a Jehovah’s Witness, and was just six years old when her father realized that she was a talented singer.

Selena Quintanilla

In 1981 Abraham opened his restaurant Papa Gayo’s, and his children would often perform there, however, it was closed in the following year due to a recession. The family lost all of their money, and moved to Corpus Christi in Texas, with Abraham becoming the manager of Selena’s new band Selena y Los Dinos. They played at bars and in the streets to gather money for food, and Selena steadily became popular, being invited to perform in restaurants and clubs around the US. She was still in elementary school when her father took her out and told her to focus on her career as a singer; she was thus home-schooled and completed her GED tests aged 17 while she also enrolled at Pacific Western University, from which she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Abraham bought an old bus which he called ‘Big Bertha’, painted it, and the family used it as a tour bus. They played at various places, and in 1984 Selena released her debut long play (LP) “Selena y Los Dinos”. She was soon signed to Emi Latin Records who offered two times less money than Capitol Records, however, Abraham decided she should go with Emi Latin because the label was new and she would be their first musician. Her debut album was released on 17 October 1989, and it ranked #7 on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums Chart.

In 1989, she started dating Chris Perez, a famous American guitarist and songwriter, but they kept the relationship a secret fearing that Selena’s father would break it up.

Her second album “Ven Conmigo”, was released in 1990, and by the end of the year, a nurse and a fan, Yolanda Saldivar asked Abraham if she could launch a fan club for Selena in San Antonio which he allowed.

In 1992, Abraham found out about Selena and Chris’ relationship and fired him from the band, however, the two married in secret, and Abraham didn’t speak with them for a while after this, however, he eventually apologized to Chris and welcomed him back into the band.

In early 1994, Yolanda became the manager of several of Selena’s boutiques, and later that year, she became her registered agent in San Antonio.

Various people including her father began telling Selena to be careful around Yolanda, claiming that she was obsessed with her, while it was soon revealed that she was stealing money from Selena and was fired. On 31 March 1995, Yolanda and Selena met at a hotel room when Selena asked her for bank statements that would prove she wasn’t stealing money, however, Yolanda instead shot her and ran away. She was arrested 10 hours later, while Selena was dead by the time she arrived at Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital.

In 2017, Selena was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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