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Genre Telenovela
Created by Yolanda Vargas Dulché
Written by Ximena Suárez
Virginia Quintana
Directed by Eric Morales
Benjamín Cann
Starring Bárbara Mori
Eduardo Santamarina
Jacqueline Bracamontes
Sebastián Rulli
Ana Martín
Opening theme La Descarada by Reyli
Ending theme La Descarada by Reyli
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 115
Executive producer(s) José Alberto Castro
Producer(s) Ernesto Hernández
Fausto Sáinz
Editor(s) Alejandro Iglesias
Omar Blanco
Cinematography Bernardo Nájera
Alejandro Frutos
Running time 42-45 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original channel Canal de las Estrellas
Original release May 17, 2004 – October 22, 2004
Preceded by Amarte es mi Pecado
Followed by Apuesta por un amor
Related shows Rubí (1968)
Teresa (2010)
External links

Rubí is a Mexican telenovela produced by José Alberto Castro for Televisa. It is based on a short story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché, published as a serial on the 1960s Mexican comic book Lágrimas, Risas y Amor. Bárbara Mori stars as a dual protagonist/antagonist, Rubí.

Canal de las Estrellas aired Rubí from May 17[1] to October 22, 2004,[2] with Apuesta por un amor replacing it. Univision broadcast Rubí from September 20, 2004[3] to March 7, 2005, and has named Rubí as the top telenovela of all time.[4]


Rubí Pérez (Bárbara Mori) is a poor woman interested in money. She studies at an exclusive university because of the efforts of Cristina, her older sister, in order to become rich by befriending rich people. Rubí is best friends with Maribel de la Fuente (Jacqueline Bracamontes), a nice and wealthy young woman who has a small defect in her leg, which prevents her from having a normal social life. Rubí is actually jealous of Maribel's status.

Rubí eventually meets Maribel's boyfriend Héctor Ferrer (Sebastián Rulli), an architect, and his best friend Alejandro Cárdenas (Eduardo Santamarina), a doctor. She is intrigued by Héctor because she knows he is very rich, and marrying a rich man has always been her ambition in order to leave poverty behind. However, she finds herself falling in love with Alejandro. Héctor and Maribel get engaged. Rubí starts dating Alejandro, but when she finds out that he comes from a middle-class background and is not rich, she decides to dump him, though it breaks her heart. She then decides to seduce Héctor.

Héctor falls quickly under Rubí's spell. On Héctor and Maribel's wedding day, Héctor leaves a desolate Maribel at the altar, and elopes with Rubí instead. Now Rubí finally has the lifestyle and money that she has always dreamed of. Nevertheless, she is still in love with Alejandro, although he assures her that he would never forgive her for what she did to Maribel.

Héctor decides to travel the world with Rubí, since he is not entirely sure she has gotten over Alejandro. They are away for three years, and when they return, Rubí discovers that Alejandro is now very rich, and engaged to a woman named Sonia. Sonia dies after having an argument with Rubí on a glass bridge. Rubí now seduces Alejandro again and brings him comfort after Sonia's death. He and Rubí become lovers.

When he learns that Rubí had been with Sonia when the latter died, he sends Rubí to prison for it. They seem to hate each other now, but Rubí begins to feel love for him again when she discovers she is expecting his child. Because she does not want to divorce Héctor and lose her money and status, she lies and tells Héctor that the baby is his. She is released from prison, since it is found that Sonia's death was due to her falling through the glass bridge.

Héctor overhears Rubí telling her friend Loreto that the child is actually Alejandro's. Angry and humiliated, Héctor realizes that she never loved him and holds her prisoner in her own house. Rubí manages to get away from Héctor, and the truth finally comes out that Alejandro is the father of her child. Alejandro is now aware that Maribel has been secretly in love with him and that he is also very fond of her, but he decides to stay with Rubí for the sake of their baby.

Sometime later, Rubí saves her niece Fernanda from getting hit by a car; Rubí is hit instead and has a miscarriage. She blames Héctor for the miscarriage, since he has hit her before because of his jealousy. Héctor tries to prove that Rubí actually lost her baby after being hit by a car, but only Elena, a woman who is the assistant to the Count of Aragón, believes him, since she is love with Héctor. Héctor is hurt in a car accident and dies before he could tell Alejandro, who is operating on him trying to save his life, the truth about Rubí.

Héctor left everything in his will to Rubí much to his parent's chagrin. But Elena, who hates Rubí, makes sure that Rubí's money is all lost in the stock market. Alejandro is released from prison and finds out how Rubí lost their baby. It is also revealed that Elena is expecting Héctor's child, though he never knew it.

Alejandro pays Rubí a visit one last time, disgusted by the damage she has done, and tells her that it is over between them: He has chosen Maribel. Rubí begs him not to leave her, even humiliating herself by getting on her knees. He leaves her and begins to walk down the stairs. As Rubí follows him, screaming that she will never let him go and running down the staircase while holding onto the rail, she loses her grip on the rail, falls down several stories, and crashes into a glass table below.

To save her life, doctors had to amputate her leg. When Rubí wakes up, she finds out to her horror that her leg was amputated; even more devastating to her, she sees that her beautiful face is now full of scars from where the glass cut in. Rubí escapes from the hospital.

Finding the wedding date of Alejandro and Maribel, she shows up unseen, and draws a gun through a crack on a door, aiming at Alejandro but then being unable to shoot him. She then aims for Maribel, but her sister Cristina, Maribel's maid of honor, gets in the way. Rubí hides in a corner of the churchyard, despondent.

After the wedding, her niece Fernanda wanders over, and Rubí shows her scarred face, but Fernanda is not repulsed by it. On the contrary, she sympathizes with her favorite aunt. When Rubí asks her if she would like to continue meeting her secretly in order to use her to ruin Alejandro's life, Fernanda happily agrees. Rubí is then seen limping away, dressed in rags.

Years later Fernanda is all grown up, with a striking resemblance to Rubí. She visits her aunt, who is now living in a one-room flat. After hearing that Alejandro has returned to Mexico after years of living abroad, Rubí tells Fernanda that Alejandro and Maribel have a son, and that her job will be to make both Alejandro and his son fall in love with her in order to break Maribel's heart.

Alejandro is now the director the hospital, where he finds Fernanda inside his office. He is utterly shocked, mistaking her for Rubí. She greets him by pulling his tie and bringing him for what looks like a kiss and then the caption, The End..? appears.[5]


Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Description
Bárbara Mori Rubí Pérez Ochoa de Ferrer Protagonist and main Villain, daughter of Refugio, sister of Christina, sister-in-law of Cayetano, aunt of Fernanda, Maribel's former best friend, married Hector, in love with Alejandro (finished alone and poor, with a disfigured face and an amputated leg)
Eduardo Santamarina Alejandro Cárdenas Ruiz Son of Ignacio and Carla, brother of Sofía, ex-best friend of Héctor, in love with Rubí, married Sonia, marries Maribel
Jacqueline Bracamontes Maribel de la Fuente Daughter of Arturo, used orthopedic device on her leg, ex-best friend of Rubí, ex-girlfriend and fiancee of Héctor, marries Alejandro
Sebastián Rulli Héctor Ferrer Garza Godchild of Elisa and Genaro, ex-boyfriend and fiance of Maribel, married Rubí (killed by order of Bermúdez)
Ana Martín Doña Refugio Ochoa Viuda de Pérez Mother of Rubí and Cristina (dies from an illness)

Supporting cast[edit]

Actor Character Description
Josefina Echánove Francisca "Pancha" Muñoz Nanny of Maribel (dies from a heart attack)
Antonio Medellín Ignacio Cárdenas Carla's housband, father of Alejandro and Sofía
Ana Bertha Espín Elisa de Duarte Godmother of Héctor
José Elías Moreno Jr. Genaro Duarte Godfather of Héctor
Olivia Bucio Carla Ruiz de Cárdenas Ignacio's wife, mother of Alejandro and Sofía, has alzheimer
Luis Gatica Cayetano Martínez Maribel's driver, husband of Cristina, father of Fernanda (dies from an illness)
Leonorilda Ochoa Dolores Herrera Neighbor of Refugio, Onessimo's wife
Roberto Vander Arturo de la Fuente Father of Maribel, Elisa's housband
Ofelia Cano Victoria Gallegos Protector of Alejandro
Miguel Pizarro Loreto Echagüe Villain, gay friend of Rubí (finished poor)
Paty Díaz Cristina Pérez Ochoa Sister of Rubí, wife of Cayetano, Fernanda's mother
Arlette Pacheco Lilia López de Duarte Second wife of Genaro
Jan Marco Rivera Best friend of Alejandro, second husband of Cristina, adoptive father of Fernanda
Ingrid Martz Lorena Treviño Classmate and friend of Rubí, ex-girlfriend of Saúl, Pacó's girlfriend, Maribel's best friend
Dolores Salomón "Bodokito" Mariquita Neighbor of Rubí
Roberto Sen David Treviño
Sergio Jurado Lic. Millán
José Antonio Ferral Dr. Garduño Villain, accomplice of Bermúdez
María Fernanda García Valeria
Eduardo Rodríguez Saúl Méndez Classmate of Rubí, ex-boyfriend of Lorena
Sergio Argueta Francisco "Paco" Gómez Gallegos Classmate of Rubí, in love with her
Marco Méndez Luis Duarte López Boyfriend of Sofía, son of Genaro
Tania Vázquez Sofía Cárdenas Ruiz Sister of Alejandro
Sergio Zaldívar Gazcón
Mariana Rountree Ingrid Mendoza Classmate of Rubí, ex-girlfriend of Saúl
Nicole Vale Natalia 'Naty' Duarte Sister of Luis
Carlos Cámara Dr. José Luis Bermúdez Villain, boss of Alejandro (goes to jail)
Adriana Roel Hilda Méndez Secretary of Genaro

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Result
2005 TVyNovelas Awards
Best Telenovela José Alberto Castro Won
Best Lead Actress Bárbara Mori Won
Best Lead Actor Eduardo Santamarina Won
Best Male Villain Manuel Landeta Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Ana Martín Won
Best Supporting Actor Roberto Vander Nominated
Best Song for a Telenovela "La descarada" be Reyli Won
2010 Premios TP de Oro
Best Telenovela Rubí Nominated


Canal de las Estrellas's October 22 finale broadcast of Rubí earned a rating of 28 points.[6] Univision's March 7 finale broadcast of Rubí was watched by 8 million viewers.[7]

International release[edit]

Country TV Channels Local Title
 Albania Vizion Plus Rubi
 Kenya NTV Kenya Rubí
 Philippines ABS-CBN Rubi[8]
 Serbia RTV Pink Rubi / Руби
 Montenegro Pink M Rubi / Руби
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Pink BH Rubi
 Slovenia POP TV Rubi
 Estonia Kanal 2 Rubi
 Macedonia A1 TV Руби(Rubi)
 Croatia Nova TV
Doma TV
 Brazil SBT Rubi
 Greece Alpha TV Ρουμπί
 Cyprus Ant1 TV Cyprus Ρουμπί, μια αδίστακτη γυναίκα
 Argentina Televicentro de Argentina June 2014 or July 2014 (Rubí)
 Saudi Arabia
روبي Feb, 2014
 Romania Acasa TV Rubi
 Slovakia RTVS Rubi


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