Esmeralda (telenovela)

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Created by Delia Fiallo
Written by Martha Carrillo
Roberto Hernández
Martha Olaiz
Directed by Beatriz Sheridan
Martha Luna
Starring Leticia Calderón
Fernando Colunga
Enrique Lizalde
Raquel Morell
Raquel Olmedo
Dina de Marco
Theme music composer José Antonio "Potro" Farías
Opening theme Esmeralda by Javier Rodríguez
Ending theme Esmeralda by Javier Rodríguez
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 137
Producer(s) Salvador Mejía
Editor(s) Juan Franco
Cinematography Jesús Nájera
Running time 45 minutes
Original network Televisa
Original release May 5, 1997 – November 28, 1997
Preceded by Alguna vez tendremos alas
Followed by Mujer, casos de la vida real
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Esmeralda is a telenovela that was released by Televisa in 1997. It is a remake of a 1970 Venezuelan telenovela of that same name, and was itself remade in Brazil in 2004. Another version is Topacio from Venezuela in 1984. One of the most famous telenovela all the time.

Leticia Calderón and Fernando Colunga will star as the protagonists, Salvador Pineda, Laura Zapata and Ana Patricia Rojo as the antagonists.

"The Best Telenovela of the Year" (Premios TVyNovelas 1998)


Rodolfo Peñareal is obsessed with having a male child. After many miscarriages, his wife Blanca is pregnant again. One night, a girl is born, but they believe that she was born dead. In the same town, in another, more humble house, a boy is born, but his mother dies during labor. The midwife and the nanny of Blanca, with their best intention and with the aim to calm down Rodolfo, decide to exchange the children.

Blanca puts a pair of emerald earrings on her supposedly dead baby so that she is buried with them. Once the exchange is done, the midwife Dominga, discovers that the girl is not dead, but now it is too late to right the wrong. In this way, the boy that was born in a miserable hut sees his first light in the opulence of a big house, while the sweet little girl who was entitled to a golden crib, gives her first steps among ramshackle walls and misery.

Esmeralda, the Peñareal’s baby girl, was born blind, but the kindness of her heart provides her the light to be happy and the illusion to believe that someday she will meet love. Her eyes are the ‘eyes of love’.

Time passes and the destiny of both of the children, Esmeralda and José Armando, comes across as they instantly fall in love. However, the obsession, the wish, the family interests, the false love of a woman and the Peñareal’s pride to make their lineage prevail, destroy any noble feeling. Esmeralda and José Armando are the victims in this sea of resentment that, little by little, submerges them into the darkness of indifference.


Actor Character Description
Leticia Calderón Esmeralda Rosales / Esmeralda Peñarreal de Velasco Main Heroine Protagonist, was born blind, when she was a baby they thought she was dead and changed the Dominga & Crisanta with the Jose Armando, in love with Jose Armando, Jose Armando’s wife, Jose Rodolfo’s mother, biological’s daughter Rodolfo & Blanca, ex-fiancée of Alvaro, Dominga grew up as mother, the name comes the emerald earrings given by Crisanta in Dominga, Fatima’s niece, Graciela’s cousin, she friend of the everyone
Fernando Colunga José Armando Peñarreal de Velasco Main Hero Protagonist, doctor of General Medical, when he was a baby his real mother died in birth and the Dominga gave Crisanta to take the place of the Esmeralda which I thought was dead, in love with Esmeralda, Esmeralda’s husband, supposed real son of Rodolfo & Blanca, the real parents of Jose Armando are dead, Jose Rodolfo’s father, Fatima’s nephew, ex-fiance/cousin of Graciela, colleague/ex-friend of Alvaro, colleague/best friend of Sebastian, ex-fiance of Georgina
Salvador Pineda Dr. Lucio Malaver Villain is the village doctor, when burned half the person barricaded inside the home with the maid, in love with Esmeralda, he suggested that the Esmeralda became his own physically, and that Jose Rodolfo is his son, died of a heart attack, before he died he said to Jose Armando of the truth Jose Rodolfo is his son. Georgina's & Fatima' s former accomplices
Enrique Lizalde Don Rodolfo Peñarreal real father of Esmeralda, father of Jose Armando, Blanca’s husband, Jose Rodolfo’s grandfather, Fatima’s brother-in-law, Graciela’s uncle, owner of Casa Grande
Raquel Morell Blanca de Velasco de Peñarreal real mother of Esmeralda, Jose Armando’s mother, Rodolfo’s wife, Jose Rodolfo’s grandmother, Fatima’s sister-in-law, Graciela’s aunt
Raquel Olmedo Dominga Rosales grew up Esmeralda as mother, for years keep secret the truth about Esmeralda and Jose Armando with Crisanta, Jose Rodolfo’s adoptive grandmother
Dina de Marco Crisanta Blanca’s, Jose Armando’s & Graciela’s nanny, together with Dominga changed babies and for years was holding this big secret that will change the lives of all, she loves like a her own children than Blanca, Esmeralda, Jose Armando and Graciela
Laura Zapata Fátima Linares Vda. de Peñarreal villain becomes good Graciela’s mother, Rodolfo’s & Blanca’s sister-in-law, Jose Armando’s & Esmeralda’s aunt, Jose Rodolfo’s grandaunt, she wants to marry Graciela with Jose Armando for his property because when the husband died o not let hardly any financial wherewithal, Dr. Malaver & Georgina's former accomplices
Nora Salinas Graciela "Gracielita" Peñarreal Linares Vda. de Valverde Fatima’s daughter, Rodolfo’s & Blanca’s niece, Esmeralda’s cousin, Jose Armando’s cousin/ex-fiancée, Jose Rodolfo’s aunt, Emiliano’s widow, Gustavo & Rita ex-daughter-in-law, crazy in love with Adrian, died from an overdose of pills but for the great love for Adrian
Alejandro Ruiz Adrián Lucero Dioniso’s son, Floresita’s brother, his first and great love with Graciela, in love with Aurora and husband, Socorro’s son-in-law, be friends with everyone, employee of Casa Grande
Ana Patricia Rojo Georgina Pérez-Montalvo Villain, Bernardo’s daughter, ex-fiancée of Jose Armando, hates Esmeralda, try for many to dismiss Jose Armando from Esmeralda, Dr. Malaver's & Fatima's former accomplices to split forever Esmeralda from Jose Armando
Juan Pablo Gamboa Dr. Álvaro Lazcano ophthalmologist, ex-fiance of Esmeralda, colleague/ex- friend of Jose Armando, Hortensia’s son, broke off the engagement with Esmeralda after finding that the Esmeralda still loves Jose Armando
Ignacio López Tarso Melesio naive man loves with all his heart the Esmeralda and Jose Rodolfo (or Esmeraldito as he says), be friends with everyone
Esther Rinaldi Flor de la Caridad / Florecita Lucero Dionisio’s daughter, Adrian’s sister, Esmeralda’s best friend, Aurora’s friend/sister-in-law, be friends with everyone
Juan Carlos Serrán/
Rafael Amador
Dionisio Lucero Adrian’s & Florecita’s father, Rodolfo’s foreman of Casa Grande, suffering from a serious pneumonia, Aurora’s father-in-law
Natasha Dupeyrón Esmeralda (Niña)
Alberto Ortiz José Rodolfo Peñarreal de Peñarreal Esmeralda’s & Jose Armando’s son, Rodolfo’s & Blanca’s of grandson, Dominga’s adoptive grandson, Fatima’s grandnephew, Graciela’s nephew
Gustavo Rojo Dr. Bernardo Pérez-Montalvo Georgina’s father, Jose Armando’s professor doctor and ex-future father-in-law, good friend with Dr. Malaver, died following a stroke episode
Elsa Navarrete Aurora Socorro’s daughter, in love with Adrian, Adrian’s wife, Florecita’s sister-in-law, Dionisio’s daughter-in-law, Esmeralda’s & Dominga’s roommate and friend
María Luisa Alcalá Doña Socorro Aurora’s mother, Adrian mother-in-law, Esmeralda’s & Dominga’s roommate and friend
Raúl Padilla Trolebús be friends with everyone, left the city and lives in the village, replaced Fermin in the cemetery and took over
Noé Murayama Fermín mentors of Esmeralda, gravedigger and administrator in the village cemetery, died after an illness (in actual fact become sick during the filming of the telenovela and was hospitalized with serious liver problems and died after some time)
Rafael del Villar Sebastián Robles-Gil colleague and best friend of Jose Armando
Irán Eory Sister Piedad sister nun from the orphanage gave roof in the Esmeralda and Dominga when they went to city
Raquel Pankowsky Juana Dr. Malaver’s maid
Úrsula Murayama Jacinta employee/kitchen helper of Casa Grande
Isadora González Tania Graciela’s friend
Rosita Pelayo Hilda nurse, friend and colleague of Esmeralda
Sergio Jurado Joaquín Estrada Dr. Malaver’s lawyer
Elsa Cárdenas Hortensia vda. de Lazcano Alvaro’ s mother, Esmeralda’s ex-future mother-in-law, she taught her to read and write when I found the light
Roberto D'Amico Gustavo Valverde Emiliano’s deceased father, Rita ‘s husband, Graciela’s ex-father-in-law
Dacia González Rita de Valverde Emiliano’s deceased mother, Gustavo’s wife, Graciela’s ex-mother-in-law, hates Graciela because it considers it responsible for his death of Emiliano
Marco Uriel Emiliano Valverde Gustavo’s & Rita’s dead son, Graciela’s dead husband, died in the hospital after a car accident
María Morena Doris Camacho Graciela’s friend
Dolores Salomón "Bodokito" aunt Tula cook of Casa Grande
Cuco Sánchez Don Cuco Socorro’s & Aurora’s neighbor, be friends with everyone
Alberto Santini Ignacio "Nacho" employee of Casa Grande
Irma Torres Altagracia Peñarreal’s family housekeeper in the city
Roberto Ruy Indio Ofelio


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