March 21 marked the 23rd anniversary of the release of ‘Selena’ – the Jennifer Lopez-led biographical motion picture of late music star Selena Quintanilla.
Released in 1997, almost exactly two years after the 23-year-old singer was slain by her own fan, Yolanda Saldívar, the critically acclaimed film not only raked in $60 million at the box office but is also credited as Lopez’s breakthrough and signature role.
To commemorate the profound impact the Gregory Nava-directed movie had on her life and career, the ‘I’m Real’ singer took to social media to offer a heartfelt salute to Quintanilla.
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Join me today in #CelebratingSelena. ?✨ I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since this incredible movie came out and 25 years since her passing. Selena was such an inspiration to me and I was so lucky to be chosen to play her. As an artist, this movie truly was an experience I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. Please share your memories of Selena and the movie with me below.?❤️ ?: @louispalacios
As mentioned above, the tribute came just 10 days before the 25th anniversary of the the Queen of Tejano’s death (March 31).