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|Created by||Alberto Gómez|
|Written by||Omaira Rivero|
|Directed by||Yaky Ortega
|Theme music composer||C. Salazar
|Opening theme||Gata Salvaje by Pablo Montero|
|Ending theme||Gata Salvaje by Pablo Montero|
|Country of origin||Venezuela
|No. of episodes||252|
|Executive producer(s)||Alfredo Schwarz|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original release||May 16, 2002 – May 2, 2003|
|Preceded by||Secreto de Amor'|
|Related shows||La gata (1968)
La fiera (1983)
Rosa Salvaje (1987)
María la del Barrio (1995)
Por un beso (2000)
Pobre Diabla (2010)
La Gata (2014)
Gata Salvaje (English: Wild Cat) is a telenovela which aired first on Venevisión in Venezuela on May 16, 2002 and some days later was released on the Spanish language U.S. station Univision from mid-summer of 2002 until May 2003, and later aired in Mexico on Canal de las Estrellas from January 2003 to December 2003.
This telenovela marked a milestone in the history of Spanish-language television, for it became the first and to date the only telenovela ever to be filmed in the United States and later released in Mexico, in contrast to the original process in which they are filmed in Mexico and then later released in the United States. This is one of two telenovelas starring Marlene Favela and Mario Cimarro as the main protagonists, the other being Los Herederos Del Monte from Telemundo.
Venezuelan actresses Carolina Tejera and Marjorie de Sousa, Mexican actor Ariel López Padilla, Colombian actress Aura Cristina Geithner and Puerto Rican actress Mara Croatto stars as the main antagonists.
Gata Salvaje tells the story of Rosaura Rios, a beautiful and kind young woman who lost her mother and who lives with her drunkard father Anselmo, her sisters Mayrita and Karina, her stepmother Maria Julia and her brother Ivan. She has no choice but to work day as the lunch girl picking up food from the workers in the Arismendi's land, and night as a bartender in a nightclub to be able to sustain her family who lives in a small house next to the fabulous ranch of the wealthy Arismendi family. She lost the house due to the hurricane in Tampa.
Luis Mario Arismendi is an educated and handsome young man, heir to the family fortune, who loses his wife, Camelia, in an accident at sea, and she is never recovered. This event keeps him in a sentimental limbo for quite some time. But before that both they were together enjoying their honeymoon while Patricio,Camelia's former lover called to threaten her that if she refuses to leave Luis Mario, he would tell him that he and Camelia are lovers and he is the only one who gives the life that she desires for. But Camelia decided to leave Luis Mario forever to escape with him.
Luis Mario decides to return from New York to take over the family business – the ranch – which is not in good financial standing. As he returns, the small plane in which he travels suffers an accident very close by to the ranch. Rosaura, who is in the area, reaches him and rescues him. Luis Mario instinctively kisses Rosaura and Rosaura is smitten.
Eduarda, Luis Mario's sister, is determined to see Luis Mario married to Eva Granados, a beautiful but impulsive and demanding rich girl that will guarantee that they will not be financially ruined; but Luis Mario, in order to go against his sister, marries Rosaura, who is deeply in love him although he doesn't share the same feelings.
When they get married Eva kisses him on the mouth, Rosaura reacts by scratching him on the face, thus getting the name of "Wild Cat". Eduarda and Eva plan to make Rosaura's and Luis Mario's life miserable. They form a plan and murder Rosuara's father and murder him by running him over. After trapping Rosaura in their games and turning Luis Mario against her, they finally manage to break their marriage, this is also due to Rosaura's jealousy as women, Minerva, one of Eva closest friends, flaunts herself and publicly kisses Luis Mario. He also thinks her too wild to tame and too childlike, which finally causes him to divorce her. Sometime later, Luis Mario decides to leave for New York, hoping to make money to save his family ranch. He departs from his family in the airport, knowing that Rosaura is not far way, hiding behind a wall. When boards, he leaves not knowing that Rosaura is pregnant with his child. Later during Rosaura's revenge, she tells him this and he's saddened that she hadn't told him. She replied by saying" "That doesn't matter now (anymore)." It wasn't until later during the show that Rosaura revealed to Luis Mario that Eva was responsible murdering their unborn child by shooting her while she was riding on a horse.
Now Rosaura alone, penniless and sad begins a new life. But her luck is about to change when she finds out that she is the only descendant of Dona Cruz Olivares, a powerful and wealthy old lady who wants to find her granddaughter before she passes away. Her stepmother and half-sister try to rob her of this but Claudia, Dona Cruz's only daughter, who employs Rosaura and her brother Ivan, becomes suspicious. When Claudia meets Rosaura, she immediately likes her. One night, Claudia is searching through Rosaura's belonging and finds a hidden note, confirming that it is Rosuara the daughter of her deceased sister and deceased father Anselmo. Claudia decides to reveal the truth to Rosaura and unmask her stepmother and half sister. Rosaura becomes a sophisticated lady that will use her fortune to ruin all of those who harmed her in the past, and surely enough she does, including Luis Mario.
Her revenge begins on a night when Rosaura and Claudia attend a gallery show and sees Luis Mario, his believed-to-be dead wife, Camellia, Eva, and Eduarda. When Rosaura and Luis Mario make eye contact, Luis Mario walks up to her. He is impressed by her transformation. Rosaura tells Luis Mario: "I'm going to destroy your family Luis Mario. I'm going to destroy you." Luis Mario leaves in doubt but later he reveals to his best friend Gabrielle, that he had taken her seriously and he was unsure of what to expect.
Luis Mario tries to reconquer her love but he gives up and lets Rosaura know that she is a different person. He asks her where is the feisty, innocent woman he fell in love with. She replied by saying that it was he who made her this way. Luis Mario ignores this and repeats she is a changed woman that wears too much makeup, overdresses instead of the woman who wore hair-ties and dressed like an ordinary everyday girl. Rosaura, the "Wild Cat", realizes that her transformation has turned her into a bitter and heartless woman, and she comes to understand that the love she feels for Luis Mario is unbreakable, and that aside from all the things she did to the Arismendi family, she passionately loves him. Finally, after another long period of going through troubles and fighting their enemies, they will both be able to regain the happiness that long time ago escaped them.
In the mid-spring to early summer of 2011, Telefurtura gained the rights to the soap opera. It was aired Monday-Friday at 10:00am.
|Marlene Favela||Rosaura Ríos||Main character, daughter of Anselmo, half-sister of Iván and Mayrita, stepsister of Karina, stepdaughter of María Julia, granddaughter of Doña Cruz, niece of Claudia, ex-wife of Patricio, mother of Gabriela, in love with Luis Mario, Luis Mario's wife|
|Mario Cimarro||Luis Mario Arismendí||Lead male character, adoptive brother of Eduarda and Jimena, adoptive cousin of Luisana, ex-husband of Camelia and Eva, son of Mercedes, half brother of Patricio, father of Gabriela, cousin of Adriana, in love with Rosaura and marries her twice|
|Carolina Tejera||Eva Granados||Main female villain, daughter of Rafael, sister of Silvia, half-sister of Karina, cousin of Maximiliano, mother of Luisito (the father is Gabriel), ex-accomplice of Eduarda, Luis Mario's ex-wife and in love with him (dies from the Everglades killed by the crocodiles )|
|Ariel López Padilla||Patricio Rivera||Main male villain, later turns good, son of Mercedes, half brother of Luis Mario, ex-lover and husband of Camelia, ex-husband of Eduarda and Rosaura with whom he is in love, cousin of Adriana (ends up in hospital with severe injuries after trying to commit suicide and eventually dies after repenting)|
|Marjorie de Sousa||Camelia Valente||Main female villain, first wife of Luis Mario, Patricio's ex-lover and wife (flees to Madrid and therefore is the only villain to escape mostly unpunished)|
|Mara Croatto||Eduarda Arismendí||Main female villain, Luis Mario is her adoptive brother, sister of Jimena, cousin of Luisana, Patricio's ex-wife (dies from her injuries after getting run over by a car; she doesn't repent on her death bed)|
|Adamari López||Karina Granados||Villain, later turns good, daughter of María Julia and Rafael, stepdaughter of Anselmo, stepsister of Rosaura, half-sister of Iván and Mayrita, half-sister of Eva and Silvia, in love with Rodrigo, then with Maximiliano, ends up with Rodrigo|
|Aura Cristina Geithner||Maribella Tovar||Villain, later turns good, sister of Jacqueline, ex-wife of Silvano, in love with Luis Mario (killed by Eva by throwing her to the stairs because she told Rosaura that Eva and Eduarda killed Rosaura's dad.)|
|Osvaldo Ríos||Silvano Santana Castro||Ex-husband of Maribella, in love with Rosaura, in the end realizes that he had been in love with Jacqueline all along|
|Ana Karina Casanova||Luisana Montero||Cousin of Eduarda and Jimena, Luis Mario is her adoptive cousin, has a relationship with Bruno and a fling with Silvano, ends up with Guillermo|
|Silvana Arias||Jimena Arismendí||Luis Mario is her adoptive brother, sister of Eduarda, cousin of Luisana, in love with Iván, has a fling with Guillermo|
|Frances Ondiviela||María Julia||Villain, later turns good, mother of Karina, Iván and Mayrita, stepmother of Rosaura, wife of Anselmo, in love with Rafael|
|Sergio Catalán||Gabriel Valencia||Best friend of Luis Mario, father of Luisito (the mother is Eva), in love with Eva, then with Minerva|
|Ismael La Rosa||Iván Ríos||Villain, later turns good, son of Anselmo and María Julia, half-brother of Rosaura and Karina, brother Of Mayrita, in love with Jimena|
|Juan A. Baptista||Bruno Villalta||Nephew of Caridad, in love with Rosaura, then with Luisana, ends up with Estrella Marina|
|Virna Flores||Minerva Palacios||Villain, later turns good, Cousin of Julio, Patricio's former lover, in love with Gabriel, then with Maximiliano to whom she gets married, remarries to Gabriel, stepmother Of Luisito|
|Marisela Buitrago||Claudia Olivares||Daughter of Doña Cruz, aunt of Rosaura, in love with Rafael to whom she gets married|
|Jéssica Cerezo||Silvia Granados||Villain, later turns good, daughter of Rafael, sister of Eva, half-sister of Karina, ex-wife of Fernando, in love with Kike to whom she gets married in the end|
|Liliana Rodríguez||Panchita López||Villain, comic relief character, later turns good, servant at the Arismendi mansion, ex-accomplice of Camelia, Eva and Eduarda, in love with Larry|
|Norma Zuñiga||Caridad Montes||Aunt of Bruno, servant at the Arismendi mansion|
|Charlie Massó||Rodrigo Valencia||Singer, former stripper, friend of Ivan, in love with Karina|
|Rodrigo Vidal||Guillermo Valencia||Brother of Gabriel, in love with Luisana, has a brief fling with Jimena|
|Yoly Domínguez||Valeria Montemar||Villain, later turns good, friend of Eva and Silvia, sister of Laurita, in love with Rodrigo|
|Hada Béjar||Doña Cruz Olivares||Grandmother of Rosaura, mother of Claudia|
|César Román||Imanol Lander||Friend of Iván, in love with Adriana|
|Sandro Finoglio||Maximiliano Robles||Nephew of Rafael, cousin of Eva and Silvia, in love with Rosaura, then with Minerva to whom he gets married (drowned)|
|Fernando Carrera||Rafael Granados||Father of Eva, Silvia and Karina, uncle of Maximiliano, in love with Rosaura, then with Claudia whom he marries (accidentally poisoned and killed by Eduarda)|
|Sandra Itzel||Mayrita Ríos||Daughter of Anselmo and María Julia, sister of Iván, half-sister of Rosaura and Karina, friend of Leobardo|
|Viviana Gibelli||Jaqueline Tovar||Sister of Maribella, in love with Silvano|
|Isabel Moreno||Mercedes Salazar||Mother of Luis Mario and Patricio, aunt of Adriana, teacher of Mayrita and Leobardo|
|Ana Lucía Domínguez||Adriana Linares||Cousin of Luis Mario and Patricio, niece of Mercedes, in love with Iván|
|Julio Capote||Samuel Tejar||Butler at the Olivares mansion|
|Luisa Castro||Griselda Ortíz||Villain, servant at the Olivares mansion, accomplice of Camelia and Patricio (died of a heart attack)|
|Carlos Mesber||Carlos||Villain, worker at the Arismendi mansion, ex-accomplice of Eva, Eduarda and Camelia (goes to jail)|
|Julio Alcázar||Anselmo Ríos||Alcoholic father of Rosaura, Iván and Mayrita, stepfather of Karina, María Julia's husband ('killed by Eduarda and Eva' by running him over)|
|Christina Dieckmann||Estrella Marina Gutiérrez||Daughter of Patricio, Luis Mario's niece, granddaughter of Mercedes, in love with Bruno|
|Diana Quijano||Sonia||Villain, later turns good, mother of Leobardo, helps to give birth the baby of Rosaura and steal it|
|Konstantinos Vrotsos||Leobardo||Son of Sonia, grandson of Fidelia, Friend of Mayrita|
|Mauro Boccia||Kike||In love with Silvia|
|Fernando Lozano||Larry Bueno||In love with Panchita|
|Carlos Cuervo||Professor Fernando Islas||Ex-husband and teacher of Silvia, in love with Luisana|
|Angie Russian||Laurita Montemar||Sister of Valeria, a classmate of Rodrigo, Sylvia and Jimena|
|Martha Acuna||Maid at the Granados house|
|Dayana Garroz||Wendy Torres||A classmate of Rodrigo, Sylvia and Jimena|
|José Val||Abel Tapía||A classmate of Rodrigo, Sylvia and Jimena|
|Nelida Ponce||Fidelia||Sonia's mother, Leobardo's grandmother|
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