Simplemente María (1969 TV series)

Simplemente María (Simply María) is a Peruvian telenovela. It ran from 1969 to 1971. It starred Saby Kamalich playing a woman who goes from a struggling single mother trying to improve herself to being a married fashion designer. The show is cited as increasing interest in sewing and adult literacy. Saby Kamalich would be presented a gold sewing machine by the Singer Corporation as the show increased their sales in Peru.[1]

Simplemente María
Created bycaridad Bravo Adams
Based onYo no creo en los hombres
Written by
Story byCelia Alcantara
Directed by
  • Carlos Barrios Porras
  • Carlos Gassols
Opening theme"Simplemente María , María "
Country of originPeru
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes300
Executive producerAlberto Terry
ProducerVlado Radovich
CinematographyRicardo Figueroa
Editorcesar Ceferino Pita
Production companyEmpresa Editora Panamericana
Original release
NetworkPanamericana Television
ReleaseMay 15, 1969 (1969-05-15) –
August 20, 1970 (1970-08-20)

Other characters included Esteban (Braulio Castillo) who began as her teacher and ended the series as her husband after a long relationship while Ricardo Blume played both the man who seduced her and the son the relationship produced. The show was seen as an encouragement for upward mobility. It also dealt with issues of class and ethnicity. It has been said that it was "maybe the most popular television program of all time in Peru" and it also had fans in the rest of Latin America.[2]

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