Quinceañera (telenovela)

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Created by Televisa
Directed by Pedro Damián
Starring Adela Noriega
Ernesto Laguardia
Sebastián Ligarde
Opening theme Quinceañera (Timbiriche)
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 95
Producer(s) Carla Estrada
Original network Televisa S.A. de C.V.
Original release October 5, 1987 – February 26, 1988
Preceded by El precio de la fama
Followed by Dulce Desafío

Quinceañera (Sweet 15), is a Mexican telenovela, produced by and broadcast on Televisa in 1987, starring Adela Noriega and Thalía. Quinceañera was the first telenovela to talk about substance abuse, date rape and gangs, and is considered to be the first telenovela made for teenagers.[1][2]

Quinceañera was named by the Associated Press as one of the 10 most influential telenovelas ever to air in Latin America,[2] and Univision tlnovelas viewers named it one of their all-time favorite Mexican telenovelas.[3] In 2010, Quinceañera was placed #7 on the People en Español's "20 Best Telenovelas" list,[4] and in 2012, Terra named it as one of the 50 best telenovelas of all-time.[5]

"The Best Telenovela of the Year" (Premios TVyNovelas 1988)


Maricruz (Adela Noriega) and Beatriz (Thalía) are classmates and best friends. Maricruz is from a working-class family, while Beatriz's is very wealthy. They are both 14 and excited about their quinceañera parties and becoming women.

Mechanic's apprentice Pancho (Ernesto Laguardia) and gang tough Memo (Sebastián Ligarde) are attracted to Maricruz. Maricruz is immediately disgusted by Memo and eventually accepts Pancho's love. Memo attacks Maricruz; she faints before he can rape her, but he lets her believe he did rape her. She feels violated, defiled, and unworthy of Pancho and believes he won't want her now.

At the same time, Maricruz's brother Gerardo (Rafael Rojas) starts dating Beatriz when their mother pressures her children to raise their social class. When Beatriz becomes pregnant, her family supports her after their initial horror. Both girls realize that the passage to womanhood was not what they expected.[1]



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1988 TVyNovelas Awards[edit]

Category Nomination Result
Best Telenovela Carla Estrada
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega
Best Young Lead Actor Ernesto Laguardia
Best Female Antagonist Inés Morales Nominated
Best Male Antagonist Sebastián Ligarde
Best Female Revelation Thalía
Nailea Norvind Nominated
Best Male Revelation Armando Araiza
Best Musical Theme Timbiriche

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  1. ^ a b c d "Quinceañera, la telenovela juvenil mexicana sobre el verdadero amor y la amistad" (in Spanish). Kidzworldespanol.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (December 27, 2008). "Las 10 telenovelas más influyentes de AL" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Univision.com. "¿Cuál ha sido la mejor telenovela de Univision tlnovelas?" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Las 20 mejores telenovelas: Quinceañera". People en Español (in Spanish). March 31, 2010. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ Terra.com.pe (November 14, 2012). "Las 50 mejores telenovelas de todos los tiempos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-04-28. 

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