La usurpadora (Mexican telenovela)

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La Usurpadora
La Usurpadora
Genre Telenovela
Created by Ines Rodena
Written by Inés Rodena
Carlos Romero
Dolores Ortega
Directed by Beatriz Sheridan
Nathalie Lartilleux
Starring Gabriela Spanic
Fernando Colunga
Libertad Lamarque
Opening theme "La usurpadora" by Pandora
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 102 + Màs allà de la Usurpadora
Producer(s) Salvador Mejía Alejandre
Location(s) Mexico
Cinematography Jesus Najera
Jesus Acuna Lee
Alejandro Frutos
Ernesto Arreola
Manuel Barajas
Running time 46 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas
Original run February 9 – July 24, 1998 (1998-07-24)
Preceded by María Isabel
Followed by El Privilegio de Amar
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La Usurpadora (Literally:The Usurper, International Title:Deceptions) is a Mexican romantic drama telenovela produced by Salvador Mejia Alejandre and originally broadcast on Canal de las Estrellas from February 9 to July 24, 1998. It starred Gabriela Spanic and Fernando Colunga, and was based on La Intrusa, a novela originally broadcast in Venezuela which was itself a remake of Radio Caracas Television's 1971 telenovela La Usurpadora, which was starred by Marina Baura and Raúl Amundaray. This was one of the last telenovelas to feature Libertad Lamarque, who here portrayed the character of Abuela Piedad Bracho. The show's premise revolves around a pair of twin sisters who were separated when they were young, and as adults the younger sister is forced to act as a "replacement" for her wealthy twin who wants to temporarily leave her husband and his family to enjoy a life of luxury with multiple lovers. The telenovela had huge success in Mexico with ratings of 38.4[1] and has been exported and ported to various languages across the world.[2]

Gabriela Spanic has a dual role as the protagonist/main antagonist, Fernando Colunga starred as the protagonist. Chantal Andere, Dominika Paleta, Mario Cimarro and Juan Pablo Gamboa starred as the antagonists.

Yadhira Carrillo as special guest antagonist at Mas Alla de la Usurpadora


Paola and Paulina are twin sisters who were separated at birth. Paulina is a good young woman who lives in poverty. Paola is the evil sister of the two who is married to a wealthy man named Carlos Daniel Bracho. When the twins cross paths by chance, Paola blackmails Paulina into taking Paola's place in the Bracho home while she takes a year-long vacation with her lover, Paulina first refuses. Unfortunately abounded by her fiancé Osvaldo and following the death of her sick mother, Paulina submits to Paola's plan. During the year living in the Bracho household, Paulina falls in love with Carlos Daniel but then Paola's plan was discovered, and Paulina was discovered, Paulina escapes from Mexico, but Carlos Daniel son "Carlitos" tries to finds who he thinks is his mother but with a broken foot he falls of a hill and smashes a rock and loses his memory then an old lady finds him and cures him.

Paola returns and brings even more chaos but then discovers Carlitos is missing also knowing that Paulina was discovered also about Paola's threat. Eventually Paulina hears about "Carlitos" so Paulina returns to the Bracho House but already hearing that Paola went to travel the world with her famous lover Douglas Maldonado, Paulina pretends to be Paola again because Carlos Daniels grandmother Abuela Piedad does not want Paulina to go to jail .But Paulina tells the whole family Carlos Daniel hates Paulina at first but then sees that Paulina found Carlitos so they both share there secret love to each other now Carlos Daniel and Paulina are fully in love, three of Paulina's enemy's Estefania her husband Willy and Estefania's cousin Gema eventually stop this. Gema and Willy tell the Police but Estefania doesn't because she is hospitalized after willy beating her up but Paulina gives blood to Estefania and to her baby Estefania is finally sorry to Paulina for rescuing her baby.

On the same day Paola eventually returns pretending to be ill trying her rightful place, but then trying to hide Paulina away from the police fails, Carlos, Daniel and Paulina's love is broken. The next day poor Paulina is arrested. In Prison Carlos Daniel and Paulina hear that Paola is Paulina's victim, Paulina and Carlos Daniel gets furious but they also discover one mysterious thing: "A letter to Paulina". This letter was written before Paulina's mother died. This basically meant that Paola and Paulina were twins Paulina is proud. Paola is discovered standing putting on make up by her nurse called Elvira so Paola tells her the whole truth so the two of them keep Paola's secret. When Paola realizes that Paulina is her younger twin she is furious. Paulina hires a lawyer so she can be free and help Paola. Paola showing everyone she is better but she cant walk the family Bracho hate Paola. Paulina is then declared free in court so Paola decided to go to the Bracho house with Elvira But it unfortunately happens Paulina takes Carlitos to her hotel before Paola tells him the truth but Paola goes on a wheelchair to prove that she is ill.

Returning to her old ways, Paola and Elvira inflicts damage on the family and on Paulina then three days later the whole Bracho family was at the Bracho house when Paola comes and everyone was shocked she was walking, but one day Elvira tells the whole family the truth about Paola that she was never ill. Paola heard this outside so she and willy set an evil Paola would take revenge on Paulina, Carlos Daniel and to kill her lawyer because she set Paulina free from jail and to kill Elvira for being a traitor so Paola takes Elvira to a place to kill her but in the fast going car Paola tells her and gives an evil laugh but Elvira turns the Paola turns it left but Elvira turns right but the car goes even faster so Paola turns it left and says let go of the wheel cursed women!!! but Elvira turns it right, then Paola pushes Elvira back, but to late the girls scream the car smashes the right wall the car rolls violently down the hill with Paola and Elvira in the car the still goes rolling down the hill when it got to the bottom and the car had stopped in a sideways position, then the car bursts in smoke and flames Carlos Daniel arrives to the Bracho house. Suddenly old and young people find the body of Elvira, Paola was found with one arm around a massive rock her arms were bleeding so were her legs and there was blood all on her dress the ambulance arrived and took Paola they left Elvira dead! everyone later found out about Paola she was dying!

Paola was transferred to the hospital central there Paola told all truth about her plan with willy so the police arrested willy and was sentenced for over 20 years and for trying to sell his son and trying to bury alive his wife then Paola said sorry to the whole family everyone accepted and Paulina when she entered comatose she heard everyone say sorry she moved then made a weak smile then opened her eyes raised her right hand (while Paulina held the left hand) but then dropped and her head went to the side she was dead Paulina cried while everyone was sad. Everyone knew the death of Paola liberated Paulina now she could marry Carlos Daniel so when Carlos Daniel asked her for marriage she said " YES " The couple finally lived happily ever after with the Family Bracho.


Gabriela Spanic has a twin sister in real life, Daniela Spanic, who is a Venezuelan model. Daniela was approached by the producers of the show to appear in one scene where Paola and Paulina physically fight, as the sequence would have been too difficult to achieve by camera trickery. La Usurpadora was nicknamed in Spanish, "The queen of the ratings" while broadcast for Univision in 2000. Although the Mexican telenovela garnered massive ratings, it received no awards from the yearly award shows. La Usurpadora wasn't the first of Spanic's telenovela playing twins, she had already played two identical women in Como Tu, Ninguna but they were non-relative as in La Usurpadora. She played the roles just in the last stage of the story. Gabriela later starred in Televisa's 2001 La Intrusa where she once again took on roles similar to La Usurpadora, except both sisters were good characters.


La Usurpadora has become one of the the most exported Televisa telenovelas, has been licensed by 125 countries in and dubbed into 25 languages.[3]


A remake, ¿Quién Eres Tú? (Who Are You?), premiered on the Unimás network (formerly Telefutura) as part of its relaunch. It starred Laura Carmine and Julian Gil. It premiered on January 7, 2013, but was removed from the network's lineup a week later due to poor ratings. It was replaced in its timeslot by a rebroadcast of Rosario Tijeras. Only ten episodes were aired on Unimás. Although the network has not made an official statement as to the telenovela's fate, it is presumed it has been cancelled.[4]


Más Alla De La Usurpadora logo.

La Usurpadora was followed by a two hour special, Más Alla De La Usurpadora which is set a year after the events of the original telenovela. Again produced by Salvador Mejia Alejandre and directed by Beatriz Sheridan, it starred many familiar cast members, including Gabriela Spanic and Fernando Colunga, and introduced a new character, Raquel, played by Yadhira Carrillo.[5]


Paulina and Carlos Daniel are blissfully happy with their new baby girl, Paulita. Problems arise when Paulina falls ill and consults a doctor who tells her that she has cancer and will die in a few months. Paulina keeps her illness a secret from her family, but asks Raquel, Paulita's caregiver, to marry Carlos Daniel after she dies. Raquel, who has been secretly in love with Carlos Daniel, is delighted. When Paulina lets Abuela Piedad in on her secret, Abuela Piedad insists that her family deserves to know. Paulina has a panic attack, and sees a vision of Paola in a mirror, telling that she will see her in hell for robbing her of her family. When Carlos Daniel learns of her illness, he comforts Paulina and decide to make the best of the time they have remaining together. Raquel cannot wait to take over Paulina's role, so she puts poison in Paulina's wine. Paulina drinks and immediately faints, but Raquel faints as well. Both women are taken to the hospital, where they learn that Paulina is not sick, but is in fact pregnant. However, Raquel has accidentally swallowed the poison; she seeks forgiveness and eventually makes a full recovery. Back at the Bracho home, Carlos Daniel and Paulina reveal the happy news to everyone. Overjoyed, the family takes a picture and it says "And they lived happily for the rest of their lives". The credits roll, and the audience cheers.


Gabriela Spanic she played the twin Paulina and Paola (up), Libertad Lamarque she played the grandmother Piedad (down).
Actor Character
Gabriela Spanic Paulina Martínez / Paola Bracho
Fernando Colunga Carlos Daniel Bracho
Libertad Lamarque Piedad Bracho
Chantal Andere Estefania Bracho de Montero
Marcelo Buquet Rodrigo Bracho
Dominika Paleta Gema Durán Bracho
Mario Cimarro Luciano Alcantara
Juan Pablo Gamboa Guillermo ‘Willy’ Montero
Paty Díaz Lalita Perez
Alejandro Ruiz Leandro Gomez
Giován D'Angelo Donato D'Angeli
Anastasia Viviana Carillo de Gomez
Jessica Jurado Patricia de Bracho
Antonio De Carlo Osvaldo Resendiz
Magda Guzmán Fidelina
María Solares Lisette Bracho
Sergio Miguel Carlitos Bracho
Nuria Bages Paula Martinez
Ninón Sevilla Carlita Cienfuegos
María Luisa Alcalá Filomena Tamayo
Tito Guízar Panchito
Enrique Lizalde Alessandro Farina
Adriana Fonseca Veronica Soriano
Raquel Morell Carolina Carrillo
Jaime Garza Merino
Renata Flores Estela
Javier Herranz Dr. Varela
Arturo Peniche Edmundo Serrano
Miguel de León Douglas Maldonado
Silvia Derbez Chabela Rojas
Silvia Caos Cenobia Rojas
Irán Eory Lourdes de Reséndiz
René Muñoz Luis Felipe Benítez "El Mojarras"
Azela Robinson Elvira
Rafael Amador Galicia
Miguel Córcega Braulio
Rebeca Manríquez Genoveva Sarmiento / La Tamales
Maricruz Nájera Emiliana
Humberto Elizondo Silvano Pina
Andrea García Celia Alonzo
Sara Montes Eloina
Laura Zapata Abogado Zoraida Zapata
Consuelo Duval Macrina Olvera
Emiliano Lizárraga Pedro
Irma Torres Eulalia
Fernando Torres Lapham Fulgencio Mendive
Oscar Morelli Juez Castro
Hector Parra Lic. Juan Manuel Montesinos
Yadhira Carrillo Raquel

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result
1999[6] Premios TVyNovelas
Best Telenovela Salvador Mejía Nominated
Best Actress Gabriela Spanic Nominated
Best Actor Fernando Colunga Nominated
Best Male Antagonist Juan Pablo Gamboa Nominated
Best Co-star Actress Chantal Andere Nominated
Best Co-star Actor Marcelo Buquet Nominated
Best First Actress Libertad Lamarque Nominated
Best Direction of the Camaras Jesús Nájera
Manuel Barajas


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