Notable for her roles in films such as Elisa (1979) and Corrupcion (1984), Salinas is perhaps even better known for her telenovela roles in Maria Mercedes (early 1990s) and Mundo de Fieras (early 2000s). She served as a congresswoman for the PRI from 2015 to 2018.
Her earliest acting credits include roles in the 1970s films La vida Inutil de Pito Perez and Dona Macabra.
In 2002, she received a special TVyNovelas Award for artistic achievement over the course of her five-decade acting career.
She was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, to Jorge Salinas Perez Tejada and Carmen Lozano Viramontes. Her marriage to Pedro Plascencia lasted from 1956 until his death and produced children named Pedro, Maria, and Jorge.
She acted opposite Catherine Fulop on the Venezuelan telenovela Mundo de fieras.