María Isabel (telenovela)

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María Isabel
Si Tu Supieras
Created by Televisa
Directed by Miguel Córcega
Mónica Miguel
Starring Adela Noriega
Fernando Carrillo
Opening theme "Si Tu Supieras" - Alejandro Fernández
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 60
Executive producer(s) Carla Estrada[1]
Running time 45 minutes
Original channel Televisa
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run August 4, 1997 – January 16, 1998
Preceded by Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande
Followed by La usurpadora

María Isabel (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾi.a isaˈβel]) is a Mexican telenovela, which was produced and broadcast by Televisa in 1997. Starring Adela Noriega, Fernando Carrillo and Lorena Herrera.[2] María Isabel, is one of the few telenovelas that focuses on the life of an indigenous female protagonist and her community.[3]

The original story was written by Yolanda Vargas Dulché and the TV version was adapted by René Muñoz.[4]


María Isabel (Adela Noriega), is a beautiful, kind-hearted young woman of indigenous descent, faced with the responsibility of raising Rosa Isela, the orphaned daughter of her only true friend who has died. She finds employment at the home of Ricardo Mendiola, a wealthy widower, and his young daughter, Gloria. Ricardo’s kindness and decency cause Maria Isabel to fall in love with him, though she keeps it a secret for many years. Gloria, however, influences Rosa Isela to feel ashamed of her "Indian" mother; the ungrateful child abandons Maria Isabel to live with her wealthy grandfather, without even a word of thanks. At last Ricardo, realizing that he is in love with her, asks Maria Isabel to be his wife. But their bliss is short-lived, and the couple will have many challenges ahead before they can find the happiness they’ve struggled all their lives to achieve.[5]


Theme song[edit]

"Si Tú Supieras" is the theme song, performed by Alejandro Fernández (composed by Kike Santander).[1][4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVyNovelas Awards 1998[edit]

Category Nominee Result
Best First Actress Patricia Reyes Spíndola Nominated
Best First Actor Jorge Vargas Nominated
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega
Best Young Lead Actor Fernando Carrillo Nominated

Eres Awards 1998[edit]

Category Nominee Result[7]
Best Telenovela María Isabel
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega Nominated
Best Young Lead Actor Fernando Carrillo
Best TV Musical Theme "Si Tú Supieras"

ACE Awards 1998[edit]

Category Nominee Result[8]
Best Television Actress Adela Noriega Nominated
Best Television Actor Fernando Carrillo Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Producción" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Elenco" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ Arredondo, César (2013-03-03). "Carla Estrada recibe homenaje y es estrella de exhibición en OC". La Opinión (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Maria Isabel, Si Tu Supieras". Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Adela regresa con Maria Isabel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  6. ^ TVyNovelas for Best Young Actress. YouTube. Retrieved 2011-09-12. (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Barquero, Christopher (April 18, 1998). "De músicos y actores" (in Spanish). Retrieved 05/04/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ (January 16, 1999). "Se acercan los premios latinos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 05/04/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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