Cara Sucia (telenovela)

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Cara Sucia
Created by Venevision
Starring Sonya Smith
Guillermo Dávila
Opening theme "Antologia de Caricias" by Altamira Banda Show
Ending theme "Antologia de Caricias" by Altamira Banda Show
Country of origin Venezuela
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 167
Camera setup Multicamera
Running time 42 minutes
Original network Venevisión
Picture format SDTV, 480i
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original release March 5 – October 12, 1992
Related shows La gata (1968)
La fiera (1983)
Rosa Salvaje (1987)
María la del Barrio (1995)
Por un beso (2000)
Gata Salvaje (2002)
Pobre Diabla (2010)
La Gata (2014)

Cara Sucia (Spanish: "dirty face") is a Venezuelan telenovela.

Produced by Venevisión and filmed in 1992, Cara Sucia presents the story of Miguel Angel Gonzalez (played by Guillermo Dávila) and Estrellita Montenegro (played by Sonya Smith, a Venezuelan-American actress, in the role that brought her to prominence).[1]

The show was also dubbed into English, Russian, Mongolian, and Filipino (Tagalog) in the Philippines.

Plot summary[edit]

Miguel Angel is a member of one of Caracas' richest families, while Estrellita is a poor but hard-working beautiful girl who sells newspapers in a corner every day to earn a living. When they met, it was love at first sight, and, as the story develops, they begin a beautiful romance that makes them begin to date and later get married.

However, not everything is pink for the young couple, and they have to survive many other things, such as:

  • opposition by Miguel Angel 's parents, Horacio (Humberto Garcia) and Rebecca (Chony Fuentes)
  • Horacio's declining mental health that makes him become more and more dangerous
  • the obsessive passion that evil Santa Ortigosa (Miguel Angel 's ex, played by Gigi Zancheta) feels for Miguel Angel
  • a partnership that Horacio creates with two drug dealers who end up murdered by him when he finds out they are using him
  • the revelation that Estrellita's mother was killed by a younger Horacio because she left him for the man who would become Estrellita's father
  • the kidnapping by Horacio of Miguel Angel and Estrellita's boy twins once Miguel Angel and Estrellita had married and begun a family.

Miguel Angel's mom, Rebecca, however, begins to relent on her opposition towards Miguel Angel and Estrellitas love once she realizes she was wrong about Estrellita (Rebecca thought at first that Estrellita was a gold digger), but it was her friend and Miguel Angel's ex, Santa who was the actual gold digger and that her husband wasn't the man he pretended to be.

Horacio who during the time had kidnapped the two twin baby boys grew to love them like his own sons, shoots himself after a police stand-off where the babies are wrestled away from him, while Santa dies when her car is driven off a cliff. Miguel Angel and Estrellita recover their babies and finally achieve the love and happiness they had hoped for, and Rebecca accepts her daughter-in-law and twin grandsons as new members of her family.


  • Sonya Smith - Estrella Montenegro Campuzano
  • Guillermo Dávila - Miguel Ángel González
  • Gigi Zanchetta - Santa Ortigosa
  • Humberto García - Horacio González
  • Adolfo Cubas - Antonio González
  • Eva Blanco - Candelaria Camacho
  • Chony Fuentes - Rebeca
  • Elio Rubens - Leonardo Montenegro (Estrella's father)
  • Niurka Acevedo
  • María A. Avalone
  • Julio Capote - Fermín
  • Solmayra Castillo - Deyanira
  • Hans Christopher - Víctor Iriarte
  • Helianta Cruz - Beba Ortigoza
  • Rita De Gois - Carmen dos Santos
  • Joel de la Rosa - Fabian
  • Alexis Escamez
  • Eduardo Luna - Kirikó (Ángel Vargas López)
  • Alberto Marín - Padre Lombarito
  • Ana Martínez - Asunción
  • Ana Massimo
  • Hilda Moreno - Coralia
  • Enrique Oliveros - Oscar
  • Simón Pestana - José Grigorio
  • Marcelo Rodríguez - Agustín
  • Chumico Romero
  • Marcelo Romo - Carmelo
  • José Ángel Urdaneta - Chuy
  • Winston Vallenilla - Freddy
  • Gil Vargas
  • Hilda Blanco - Moncha
  • Mauricio González - Fernando Guzmán
  • Juan Carlos Baena - Fotógrafo
  • Manolo Manolo - Doctor
  • Humberto Buonocuore - Pepino
  • Lizbeth Manrique - Loly
  • Manolo Manolo - Doctor
  • Swenn Luna - Policial
  • Karina, hija de Rebeca
  • Tamara San Diego (Emilia Landaeta en "Como tú, ninguna)
  • Ileana, vecina de Candelaria
  • Tomasa, abuela de Ileana (Remigia en "Como tú, ninguna")
  • Federica, prima de Santa (Isabel en "Como tú, ninguna")
  • Rocky, killer (Reynaldo en "Simplemente María)
  • Gato (Miguel en "Como tú, ninguna")
  • Juan, padre de Moncha (Guanabocoá en "María Celeste")

Theme Song[edit]

The song was Antologia de Caricias by Altamira Banda Show


 Philippines Cara Sucia GMA Network February 5, 2001 August 3, 2001 Monday to Friday 2:30 pm
 Spain Cara Sucia Antena 3 March 15, 1993 October 15, 1993 Monday to Friday 8:00 pm
 USA Cara Sucia Univision
April 13, 1992 November 6, 1992 Monday to Friday 9:00 pm
 Mongolia Cara Sucia MNB 1994  ? Monday to Friday
 Venezuela Cara Sucia Venevisión March 5, 1992 October 12, 1992 Monday to Friday 10:00 pm
 Argentina Cara Sucia El Trece
Magazine TV
May 7, 1994
April 5, 1999
November 11, 1994
November 12, 1999
Monday to Friday 5:00 pm
8:30 pm
 Paraguay Cara Sucia Telefuturo
April 4, 1994
June 14, 1999
December 9, 1994
February 4, 2000
Monday to Friday 6:00 pm
8:30 pm
 Indonesia Cara Sucia SCTV March 21, 1994
September 1, 1994
August 29, 1994
September 5, 1995
Monday to Friday
11:00 am
4:00 pm


  1. ^ Yolimer Obelmejías Valdez, "'Cara sucia' fue encantadora", El Universal, 20 October 2013 (in Spanish).