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|Directed by||Pedro Damián|
|Theme music composer||Daniela Luján|
|Opening theme||"Luz Clarita"|
|Ending theme||"Luz Clarita"|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||70|
|Producer(s)||Mapat de Zataráin|
|Running time||approx. 44 minutes|
|Original channel||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Original run||30 September 1996– 21 February 1997|
|Preceded by||Confidente de Secundaria|
|Followed by||Los Hijos de Nadie|
|Related shows||Andrea Celeste
Luz Clarita (Spanish pronunciation: [lus klaˈɾita]) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Televisa that aired on Canal de las Estrellas in 1996. The series, a remake of Andrea Celeste and Chispita, stars Verónica Merchant and César Évora, as well as child actors Daniela Luján and Ximena Sariñana. It has a dual storyline intended to attract both children and adults.
Luz Clarita (Daniela Luján) is a sweet little girl who wants to find her mother and in her search will live through moments of great sadness and joy. Thanks to a series of coincidences, Mariano de la Fuente (César Évora)'s family decides to open the doors of their home to the little orphan and although at the start it would seem that said girl only had come to create chaos in their lives, little by little they realize that she has arrived in order to teach them, the children and the adults the most important of lessons: that love is the essence of happiness.
The process is not easy because Luz Clarita has her own problems: she is convinced that she is not an orphan, that her mother did not die as all seems to indicate, but that she is somewhere waiting to be reunited with Luz Clarita, and armed only with her faith, and with the silent complicity of Padre Salvador (Alejandro Tommasi), she is given the task of searching for her mother.
With the de la Fuente family, Luz Clarita creates problems with little Mariela who sees in her a potent rival, and since the first day she dedicates herself to making Luz Clarita's life impossible. In this house she meets Natalia (Paty Díaz), the young servant who is secretly in love with José Mariano de la Fuente (Aitor Iturrioz); Luz Clarita decides to help the two to realize their love for one another, and in Natalia she finds support and care.
In the course of her life, Luz Clarita encounters Soledad (Verónica Merchant), a young woman with a mysterious past who coincidentally arrives to work in orphanage on the very day that Luz Clarita leaves to go to the mansion of the de la Fuentes, and for whom Luz Clarita comes to feel a special affection, so much that, seeing the immediate feelings that Soledad and Mariano exhibit upon meeting, she decides to try to unite them.
The love and goodness of Luz Clarita encounter serious obstacles, like Brígida (Lili Garza), the strict housekeeper at the de la Fuente mansion, where alongside innocence there are always dark interests, like those of Bárbara (Frances Ondiviela) and Erika (Sussan Taunton), a pair of cocky women who are determined to conquer Mariano and José Mariano at all costs.
In addition to all of these obstacles, Luz Clarita fights to find happiness at her mother's side. While this all happens, Luz Clarita illuminates the lives of all those who have the fortune to meet her, as the darkness disappears with just a little bit of Luz Clarita (English: clear light).
- Verónica Merchant — Soledad
- César Évora — Mariano de la Fuente
- Daniela Luján — Luz Clarita
- Ximena Sariñana — Mariela de la Fuente
- Aitor Iturrioz — José Mariano de la Fuente
- Paty Díaz — Natalia
- Alejandro Tommasi — Father Salvador
- Frances Ondiviela — Bárbara
- Sussan Taunton — Erika
- Miguel Pizarro — Roque
- Lili Garza — Brígida
- Tomás Goros — Anselmo
- Elsa Cárdenas — Hada Reina
- Adriana Acosta — Panchita
- Gerardo Murguía — Servando
- Evangelina Martínez — Prudencia
- Lucero Lander — Sister Caridad
- Julio Mannino — Bruno
- Margarita Isabel — Verónica
- Eleazar Gómez — El Chanclas
- Esteban Franco — Arnulfo
- José María Torre — Israel
- Rocío Sobrado — Belinda
- Eva Calvo — Cata
- Graciela Bernardos — Mrs. Director
- Sagrario Baena — Hortensia
- Raúl Azkenazi — Rústico
- Liza Echeverría — Dana
- Maleni Morales — Pilar
- Miguel Arteaga
- Ninel Conde
- José Antonio Marros
- Sabine Moussier
Luz Clarita aired on Televisa's El Canal de las Estrellas in Mexico at 4:00 PM from 30 September 1996 until 21 February 1997 for a total of 117 episodes. It replaced Confidente de secundaria, and was replaced by Los hijos de nadie upon its finale. In the United States the novela aired on Univision, in the Philippines on RPN-9 and in Malaysia on Astro Ria.
Luz Clarita is a remake of the 1983 Televisa telenovela Chispita, which starred Lucero, Angélica Aragón, and Enrique Lizalde. Chispita was itself a remake of the 1979 Argentine telenovela Andrea Celeste, which starred Andrea del Boca, Raúl Taibo, and Ana María Picchio.
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