|Also known as||Elvis, Rosenthal, VeHaIsha Hamistorit|
|Created by||Shlomo Moshiah|
|Based on||El amor no es como lo pintan
by Juan David Burns and Elisa Salinas
|Starring||Riki Blich, and others|
|Country of origin||Israel|
|Original network||Channel 2|
|Original release||July 3, 2003– 2006|
Esti HaMekho'eret (Hebrew: אסתי המכוערת; lit. The Ugly Esti) is an Israeli television comedy-drama series starring Riki Blich. The series premiered on 3 July 2003 on Channel 2 in Israel and was created by Shlomo Moshiah.
This series is based on the Mexican telenovela El amor no es como lo pintan, despite reports that it is based on the Colombian novela Yo soy Betty, la fea. A report to the stockholders of Dori Media shows that the company was threatened with a lawsuit because of their show's similarities to Betty la fea. Because of potential legal action, the show's premise was changed, as was its title, "Elvis, Rosenthal, VeHaIsha Hamistorit" .
|Riki Blich||Esther "Esti" Ben-David|
|Shaike Levi||Hananel "Elvis" Ben-David|
|Oded Kotler||Zvi Rosenthal|
|Liora Rivlin||Dina Rosenthal|
|Nitza Saul||Ika Alfandari-Ben David|
|Chelli Goldenberg||Ruthy Casspi|
- Segev, Noam (May 26, 2002). "The pilot episode of "I am Esti, the ugly one" will be shot soon" (in Hebrew). ynet. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
- "Report to Dori Media stockholders" (PDF).
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