María Isabel (1997 TV series)

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María Isabel (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾi.a isaˈβel]) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa. It aired on Canal de las Estrellas from August 4, 1997 to February 6, 1998.[3][4][5] María Isabel, is one of the few telenovelas that focuses on the life of an indigenous female protagonist and her community. The story was written by Yolanda Vargas Dulché and adapted by René Muñoz.[2]

María Isabel
Also known asSi tú supieras... María Isabel
Created byYolanda Vargas Dulché
Written byRené Muñoz
Ricardo Fiallega
Directed byMiguel Córcega
Mónica Miguel
StarringAdela Noriega
Fernando Carrillo
Lorena Herrera
Patricia Reyes Spíndola
Lilia Aragón
Theme music composerKike Santander
Opening theme"Si Tú Supieras" by Alejandro Fernández[1][2]
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes124 (Original version)
62 (International version)
Executive producerCarla Estrada[1]
ProducerArturo Lorca
Production locationsFilming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
CinematographyAlejandro Frutos
Jesús Acuña Lee
Running time21-22 minutes
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseAugust 4, 1997 (1997-08-04) –
February 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)
Preceded byLa jaula de oro
Followed byRencor apasionado
Related showsMaría Isabel (1966)
María Isabel (1967)

Adela Noriega and Fernando Carrillo starred as protagonists, while Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Emoé de la Parra and Jorge Vargas starred as antagonists.


María Isabel (Adela Noriega), is a beautiful, kind-hearted young woman of indigenous descent, faced with the responsibility of raising Rosa Isela, the orphaned daughter of her only true friend who has died.

She finds employment at the home of Ricardo Mendiola, a wealthy widower, and his young daughter, Gloria. Ricardo's kindness and decency cause Maria Isabel to fall in love with him, though she keeps it a secret for many years.

Gloria, however, influences Rosa Isela to feel ashamed of her "Indian" mother; the ungrateful child abandons Maria Isabel to live with her wealthy grandfather, without even a word of thanks.

At last Ricardo, realizing that he is in love with her, asks Maria Isabel to be his wife. But their bliss is short-lived, and the couple will have many challenges ahead before they can find the happiness they have struggled all their lives to achieve.[6]



Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 16th TVyNovelas Awards Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega Won[6][7]
Best Male Revelation Fernando Carrillo Nominated
Best Original Story or Adaptation Yolanda Vargas Dulché
ERES Awards[8] Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega Nominated
Best Young Lead Actor Fernando Carrillo Won
Best Musical Theme "Si Tú Supieras"
ACE Awards[9] Best Television Actress Adela Noriega Nominated
Best Television Actor Fernando Carrillo


  1. ^ a b "Producción" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  2. ^ a b "Maria Isabel, Si Tu Supieras". Archived from the original on 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  3. ^ "María Isabel" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Elenco" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-04-12. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  5. ^ Arredondo, César (2013-03-03). "Carla Estrada recibe homenaje y es estrella de exhibición en OC". La Opinión (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  6. ^ a b "Adela regresa con Maria Isabel" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  7. ^ TVyNovelas for Best Young Actress. YouTube. Retrieved 2011-09-12. (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Barquero, Christopher (April 18, 1998). "De músicos y actores" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  9. ^ (January 16, 1999). "Se acercan los premios latinos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-04-05.

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