|Created by||Ximena Suárez|
|Based on||The Unloved Woman|
by Jacinto Benavente
|Story by||Jacinto Benavente|
|Creative director(s)||Sandra Cortés|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"La malquerida" by Cristian Castro, Jesús Navarro and Melissa Robles|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||116|
|Executive producer(s)||José Alberto Castro|
|Production location(s)||San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Original release||June 2 –|
November 9, 2014
|Preceded by||Quiero amarte|
|Followed by||La sombra del pasado|
La malquerida is a Mexican telenovela created for Televisa by Ximena Suárez and produced by José Alberto Castro, based on the 1913 Spanish play titled The Unloved Woman by Jacinto Benavente. The series originally aired on Canal de las Estrellas from June 2, 2014 to November 9, 2014. It stars Victoria Ruffo, Ariadne Díaz, Christian Meier, África Zavala, and Arturo Peniche introduced in the telenovela in the second part of the history.
The series follows the life of Cristina (Victoria Ruffo) and her daughter, Acacia (Ariadne Díaz). When Cristina became a widow, she married Esteban (Christian Meier), who is rejected by her daughter, unaware that in reality they have awakened a deep love that both hide behind their mask of hostility. The worst comes when Esteban begins to get rid of all the men who surround Acacia.
Acacia (Ariadne Díaz) loses her father Alonso (Marcelo Córdoba) in an accident while he was riding a horse. Cristina (Victoria Ruffo), her mother and his wife, suddenly being widowed, learns that her husband had mortgaged the hacienda in order to cover the expenses of the sowings and livestock, not finding a solution to this, she decides to sell the hacienda and leave to live with her parents together with her daughter. The estate of her husband was rescued by Esteban, a worker of the hacienda, before being sold. After so much effort on the part of Cristina and Esteban (Christian Meier), they manage to raise the hacienda Benavente again and both begin to feel a "great sentimental attraction," Acacia, who was barely a girl, could not understand the love they had, overcome with the recent loss of her father and full of hatred does everything possible to leave the hacienda, while Juan Carlos (Ignacio López Tarso) and Elena (Silvia Mariscal), Cristina's parents, convince Christina so that Acacia goes to live with them, while she manages to overcome the death of her father and to be able to accept the relationship of her mother with Esteban.
Ten years pass, but the hatred and resentment of Acacia towards Esteban have not changed, returning to the hacienda as a beautiful Woman, the first one to see her is Esteban who does not recognize her after a long time. Acacia is defiant and makes it clear that she is the owner of the Benavente farm. However, between the two begins to emerge a hidden love, which drives Esteban mad who begins to drive away any man who approaches Acacia, turning her into 'La Malquerida'. However, this is not the only subject that the novel deals with, it also talks about other issues such as prostitution, to which Alejandra (África Zavala) had to be submitted for many years; and the different problems that can be generated within a family by the lack of communication, as is the case of Norberto (Guillermo García Cantú) and Juliana (Nora Salinas).
Acacia (Ariadne Díaz) and Cristina (Victoria Ruffo) have a deep and tense talk, more than mother to daughter, they speak of woman to woman. Cristina tells him that she will not be able to forgive her, and Acacia informs her that she will leave the country not to disturb her. Esteban (Christian Meier) is intensely wanted by the police, he is the main suspect by the death of Manuel (Brandon Peniche). Prisoner of madness, returns to the Benavente with the purpose of taking with himself to Acacia. There, in front of Acacia and Cristina, threatens them with a gun and confesses that he killed Manuel with machetes, and not only that, he was to blame for the death of Alonso (Marcelo Córdoba), the first husband of Cristina and father of Acacia. Mother and daughter suffer from anger and impotence to finally know the truth. They arrive then; Norberto (Guillermo García Cantú), Héctor (Arturo Peniche) and Ulises (Mane de la Parra); the first to settle accounts with Esteban, because he is already aware that he took the life of his son, and the other two with the news that the police are on the way. Everything hurries, and Acacia is shot. The family prays because it works out well, while Esteban is caught.
In prison, Danilo is burned alive by his cellmates; while Braulio "El Rubio" (Fabián Robles) makes a final visit to Esteban, taking him a photograph of Acacia, and telling him that this adulterous love finally destroyed him. Esteban cries tightening the photo of his beloved. Finally, Cristina forgives Acacia; who in turn is given a chance with Ulysses, the true love of his life. Hector leaves a plane ticket to Cristina in case he wants to follow him to Italy. Mother and daughter embrace and walk forward, avoiding the past in which they were, each in its own way, "La Malquerida".
|Victoria Ruffo||Cristina Maldonado Reyes|
|Ariadne Díaz||Acacia Rivas Maldonado|
|Christian Meier||Esteban Domínguez Parra|
|África Zavala||Ana Alejandra Silva González / Turquesa|
|Arturo Peniche||Héctor Robledo|
|Guillermo García Cantú||Norberto Palacios Rincón|
|Alberto Estrella||Danilo Vargas|
|Nora Salinas||Juliana Salmerón de Palacios|
|Sabine Moussier||Edelmira Pérez López / Perla|
|Mane de la Parra||Ulises Torres Gallardo|
|Ignacio López Tarso||Juan Carlos Maldonado|
|Raquel Olmedo||Rosa Molina|
|Silvia Mariscal||Elena Reyes de Maldonado|
|Fabián Robles||Braulio "El Rubio" Jimenéz|
|Osvaldo de León||Germán Palacios Salmerón / Vivanco Salmerón|
|Brandon Peniche||Manuel "Manolo" Palacios Salmerón|
|Toño Mauri||Andrés Vivanco|
|Lupita Jones||Carmen Gallardo Torres|
|Michelle Ramaglia||Nuria Vázquez|
|Gimena Gómez||Luisa Valero|
|Gonzalo Peña||Arturo Torres Gallardo|
|Joshua Gutiérrez||Guillermo "Memo" Gonzáles|
|Marcelo Córdoba||Alonso Rivas|
Awards and nominations
|2015||33rd TVyNovelas Awards||Best Lead Actress||Ariadne Diaz||Nominated|
|Best Male Antagonist||Alberto Estrella||Nominated|
|Best Young Lead Actor||Brandon Peniche||Nominated|
|Best Co-star Actress||Africa Zavala||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Fabian Robles||Nominated|
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