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Los ricos también lloran

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Los ricos también lloran
Los ricos también lloran title card.jpg
Created byMaría Zarattini
Based onCristina Guzmán by Caridad Bravo Adams
Written by
  • Valeria Phillips
  • Carlos Romero
Story byInés Rodena
Directed by
Opening theme"Aprendí a llorar" by Verónica Castro
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes248
Executive producerValentín Pimstein
ProducerJosé Alberto Castro
CinematographyFernando Chacón
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Picture formatNTSC (480i)
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original releaseOctober 16, 1979 (1979-10-16) –
February 29, 1980 (1980-02-29)
Related shows

Los ricos también lloran ("The rich also cry") is a popular telenovela produced in Mexico in 1979, starring Verónica Castro, Rogelio Guerra and Rocío Banquells. Castro also sang the theme Aprendí a Llorar ("I learned to cry"), a song written by Lolita de la Colina. The telenovela was produced by Valentín Pimstein and Carlos Romero, it was directed by Rafael Banquells. The story was written by Inés Rodena and adapted by Valeria Philips.

Los Ricos También Lloran was aired in 1991–1992 in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet states. It was shown on one of the central TV channels and became the second ever non-Soviet TV series aired in the Soviet Union, after a re-edited condensed version of Escrava Isaura. It was watched virtually by the whole population and became for a long time a reference point, with multiple traces in Soviet and post-Soviet popular culture.[1][2]


In the first part, Mariana Villarreal lives on a ranch in the State of Guanajuato with her father Leonardo, a dying landowner who is presumed to be ruined. Don Leonardo has taken refuge in alcohol, since the death of Mariana's mother, and since he suffered an accident that left him paralyzed. Because of this vice, Mariana grew up totally deprived of good manners and education. The young woman has come to behave savage, dirty and untidy, but no matter what anyone thinks of her she is very happy. Her father, regretting not having watched over her all these years, and knowing that he will die very soon, is sure that his daughter will not lack anything when she receives her inheritance; where he leaves stipulated that all his fortune will remain in Mariana's hands, when he dies.

Unfortunately, the old man dies, leaving Mariana at the mercy of his cruel wife Irma, and her lover, Diego. Irma married Don Leonardo for mere economic interest, never loved him, and she was the one who fomented his vice for alcohol, so that he would leave the administration of his properties, and thus be unable to manage his fortune. She always made him believe that they were bankrupt, when in truth they were enormously rich. With the death of her husband, and believing herself the owner of everything, Irma expels Mariana from the hacienda, without caring about her fate.

Mariana manages to reach the capital, and forms a friendship with a poor young man named Pascual, better known as "Pato", who kindly offers his humble home to live. Shortly after her arrival, Mariana is helped by a priest, the well-known Father Adrián. He speaks with a great friend of his, the millionaire Don Alberto Salvatierra to take her to live at home, and get a job as a servant.

Don Alberto, knowing of the early arrival of his son, the arrogant and handsome Luis Alberto, comes up with a brilliant idea. Her plan is that Mariana does not work as an employee in her home, but rather as "one of her family"; which implies that he feels like eating with his family at the same table, and that he says and does what he wants without any restriction. With all this he believes that he can make his son Luis Alberto change his attitude of laziness and irresponsibility, and become the productive, hardworking and successful man he has always wanted to have as a son. This crazy occurrence is taken with great annoyance by his wife, Dona Elena and her niece Esther. Doña Elena lives worried about the welfare of her son, refuses to believe about the deplorable state in which Luis Alberto has fallen, affirming that in fact he is "sick", and that he needs the care of everyone. He has always spoiled and spoiled it, a situation that ended up gratifying Don Alberto, so he is willing to continue with his plan at any cost.

Don Alberto is fond of Mariana, feels great satisfaction in helping her and educating her, since he sees in her a promising future. With the arrival of Luis Alberto, there is a deep resentment on the part of the young man towards Mariana, since he thinks that his father treats her as he treats her, only to annoy him. As a result, Luis Alberto intends to marry Mariana just for fun, and to annoy his father, while Doña Elena believes that her son will change his attitude if he marries his niece Esther. The latter also wants the link to be made, since it dreams of achieving an opulent economic situation, and will not allow anyone to prevent it. With the passage of time, Luis Alberto cannot believe that he has really fallen in love with Mariana. The young woman managed to conquer him with her sweetness and simplicity, and he is willing to unite his life with her for life.

Esther goes to live at the house of the Salvatierra along with her nana Ramona, who loves her unconditionally and hides a great secret. Esther also finds out about the relationship between Luis Alberto and Mariana, and plans a plan to separate them. She lies, saying that she is pregnant and that the son she is waiting for is Luis Alberto's. The Salvatierra lords believe in what Esther says, and force Luis Alberto to comply with his "man's word" by marrying her. Esther achieves her goal, and soon becomes the brand new lady of Salvatierra. Mariana, very hurt, decides to leave the house of Don Alberto, and gets a position as secretary in their companies.

She goes to live in a decent apartment and meets a beautiful girl named Patricia, who becomes her best friend. All the effort and effort that Don Alberto put into it has paid off; Now Mariana is another. She is cultured, refined, educated, well dressed and well spoken. It is no longer the same "savage" that one day arrived at the luxurious home of the Salvatierra. Mariana has tried to forget Luis Alberto, and begins a courtship with a young and brilliant architect of the companies of Don Alberto; Leonardo Mendizábal.

Esther manages to get Luis Alberto to marry her. Pretends to have an abortion. Esther is Diego's lover. Later it is discovered that Ramona is the real mother of Esther, who loses the reason. Esther, who is now pregnant with Diego, dies of complications with her pregnancy. Ramona repents, asks Mariana for forgiveness and becomes unconditional of her.

Earlier and during the 1st part is a subplot of deception and murder. Luis de la Parra, old friend of Don Leonardo, visited him then learns of his death and goes in search of Mariana, since he has in his possession the testament of his father. Irma fears losing the inheritance and demands Diego, her lover, to find Mariana in Mexico City. Luis de la Parra hires an investigator to locate Mariana, but soon dies of a heart attack unknowing that Don Alberto knew him and gave him the testament shortly before his death, which is forgotten. Diego manages to infiltrate the house of the Salvatierra family in order to find Mariana. Diego meets Fernando Branduardi a Gangster and night club owner of Club 2000. Fernando finds interest in the inheritance of Diego and Irma. He starts an affair with Irma while Diego tries to convince Mariana to marry him, Mariana though engaged to Leonardo fails at this. Fernando sends a hit man (Ramiro) to kill Mariana at her apartment, but kills Patricia who mistakes her for Mariana for wearing a wig similar to her hair. As the subplot thickens Ramiro sells the Marana's engagement ring after stealing various things after Patricia's murder. When Fernando finds out Ramiro sold the ring and the police uncover it he orders Ramiro murdered. With Irma and Diego worried, because Diego's affair of Esther and his infiltration and connection with Fernando and the fake Dr. Francisco Gómez Ocampo an associate of Fernando who was extorting money from Esther, and the failed attempt at the inheritance, and the Police questioning their motives they avoid Fernando. Luis Alberto becomes suspicious of their activities in the interim. Fernando instructs Irma to summon Diego to his club after hours, with everything lost, Fernando plots to kill him. Diego kills Fernando with a metal statue over his head. The police finally track down Dr. Ocampo, who knew of the murders Fernando ordered and Irma's and Diego involvement. After much questioning Irma breaks down and reveals everything. With that said the Salvatierra's find out of Mariana's inheritance at the end of the 1st part with the testament that Don Alberto had. Mariana marries Luis Alberto. Mariana will still know in her apparent poverty the happiness that only love can give, but when her true destiny is discovered, she will learn that ... the rich also cry .

In the Second part, Mariana waits for a son of Luis Alberto; but by a misunderstanding, he believes that Mariana deceived him with Leonardo Mendizábal and that the child she expects is not his. Mariana sick by her pregnancy, travels to Brazil where Jose Luis is on a contract job to convince him but he rejects her. Luis Alberto's parents are on vacation in Europe. After a telegram is sent for Luis Alberto to return to Mexico City and await the birth of his son. Luis Alberto angry, sends her a telegram wanting a divorce and to give the baby's name Leonardo Mendizábal . Mariana loses her mind shocked about the telegram, wanders out of the house forlorn disappearing from the residence. Ramona after reading the telegram heads out to find Mariana. She passes out in the street and taken to a hospital in her final terms of her pregnancy, refusing to eat, falling in a deep depression and wanting to die. Mariana son is born and gives her son unwittingly in her mental state to Chole, a lottery ticket seller. Mariana never returns and Chole along with her friend Felipa accepts it and takes care of it as his own; he only knows that the boy is called Albeto (Beto). Mariana realizes what she has done and is desperate. She is admitted to a phystratric hospital after giving birth and missing for three days, she reconciles with Luis Alberto and together they begin the search for the lost child, but to no avail all hope is lost. Mariana recovers from her insanity, but when she finds out the baby they adopted is a girl. Luis Alberto convinces Mariana to take the baby, but Marina vows to find her son. Luis Alberto and Mariana adopt a girl whom they name María Isabel.

Seven years pass and Marina is still bothered by Beto missing, going to the same place she gave him away. Luis Alberto is tries to convince Mariana to forget but she is headstrong in her search even to risk her marriage. She unexpectedly bumps into Beto and buys her gifts. Sara the maid starts an illicit affair with Luis Alberto. Ramona warns Sara to stay away from Luis Alberto. It is not until Mariana discovers the affair and fires Sara from her job.

Forward to ten years; Maria Isabel has grown up to be spoiled and rebellious and Beto has grown up in Chole's care she has been ill with her leg in turn she has wanted to tell Beto about his adoption but hesitates to tell the truth. We find Sara married to Juan Manuel who is a degenerate gambler and broke and starts extorting money from Luis Alberto to blackmail him about Maria Isabel's adoption. While vividly Mariana is losing hope of ever finding her son. Fate will take care of reuniting Mariana and her son. She bumps into him selling lottery tickets not once but twice. Chole gets hit by a bus and requires surgery and plasma. Beto desperate with no money bumps into his friend Sebastian who is a house thief he enters to rob the house of the Salvatierra to pay for her operation. Mariana, when he learns the reasons that force him to commit the crime, she becomes his protector with Luis Alberto's disapproval. Mariana goes to see Chole at the hospital and learns that Beto is her son. When she confesses how Beto got to her, Mariana suffers a faint. From this moment, Mariana takes care of Beto, without confessing that he is her son and confessing to Luis Alberto, buys him clothes, gives him private teachers and gets him a luxurious apartment, which he leaves to live with Felipa. Luis Alberto vowed to Mariana that he would never accept a thief, this why Mariana seasons Beto into a respectable man to present him before her husband to reveal that he is not a disgrace. Mariana's visits to the apartment bring her problems, Sara, who sees Mariana, thinks that she has a lover and begins to blackmail her with revealing everything to Luis Alberto. After a final pay out Sara accidentally kills Juan Manuel by pushing him on to a brick chimney and tries to escape the police charge her with murder.

In the end the truth will be discovered when Luis Alberto, believing that Beto is Mariana's lover, tries to shoot him, but remembers the words that the private investigator told him and leaves the apartment. Luis Alberto goes on a trip because he has learned that his mother has died abroad. This, back to Mexico and back with his father, they leave the house. At this, Chole and her friend are thinking of running away with Beto, so that Mariana does not take away her son. The next day Mariana goes to the apartment and cannot find anyone, and he learns that they are going to take a train and she follows them. Faced with this situation, Mariana reveals to Luis Alberto that Beto is her son. Beto comes to live in the house. The Salvatierra have a party, María Isabel and Beto have fallen in love, and Mariana and Luis Alberto are reconciled and happy.

Full cast

Theme song

The theme songs is "Aprendí a Llorar" sung by Verónica Castro.

The majority of the background music that was used was the music of International Velvet soundtrack by Francis Lai. Main Title, Escapade, Velvet's Theme, Sarah's Theme, and End Title were used for the novellas backdrop music.



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  2. ^ Tett, Gillian (30 October 2019). "What a Mexican soap star taught me about globalisation". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 November 2019.

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