Silvia Verónica Pasquel Hidalgo, known professionally as Silvia Pinal, is a Mexican film, theater and television actress. Pinal began her career in the theater, venturing into cinema in 1949. Her film work and popularity in her native country led her to work in Europe (Spain and Italy). Pinal achieved international recognition by starring in a famous film trilogy by director Luis Buñuel: Viridiana (1961), El ángel exterminador (1962) and Simón del desierto (1965). In addition to her film career, she has also excelled in other areas. She was a pioneer of musical theatre in Mexico, ventured into television, and held some political office charges.