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María Mercedes (Mexican TV series)

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María Mercedes
Written by
  • Vivian Pestalozzi
  • Carlos Romero
Story byInés Rodena
Directed byBeatriz Sheridan
Theme music composerViviana Pimstein
Opening theme"María Mercedes" performed by Thalía
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes82
Executive producers
ProducerSalvador Mejía Alejandre
Production locationsMexico City, Mexico
CinematographyAntonio Acevedo
EditorAdrián Frutos Maza
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1992 (1992-09-14) –
January 5, 1993 (1993-01-05)
Maria Mercedes (2013)

María Mercedes (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾi.a meɾˈseðes]) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Valentín Pimstein for Televisa in 1992.[1] It was the first of the "Marías" telenovela trilogy, being followed by Marimar and María la del Barrio. María Mercedes is remake on the telenovela Rina which in turn is based on the radionovela Enamorada by Inés Rodena.

Thalía and Arturo Peniche starred as protagonists, while Laura Zapata starred as main antagonist. Fernando Ciangherotti starred as special participation.


Maria Mercedes is a poor young woman who lives with her father and three siblings after being abandoned by her ambitious mother. Because of the lack of support from her perennially drunk father, she is forced to raise her brothers and sister on her own, working in the streets of Mexico City selling lottery tickets and juggling in a clown costume.

Santiago del Olmo is very sick and knows that he is dying. One morning when he is in the garden, he sees María selling lottery tickets in the street. He comes up with the idea to marry her just to upset his avaricious aunt Malvina after his death as a personal revenge. He gains Maria's trust and friendship, proposes to her, and she agrees.

When Santiago dies, María becomes the head of the family, making Malvina's ire burn stronger. According to Santiago's will, Malvina, her son Jorge Luis, and her daughter Digna must live there in his house with Maria if they want to inherit any of his fortune.

Since the murder of his wife on their wedding day, Jorge Luis has become a pessimistic young man, in contrast to his younger sister, Digna, who is a very religious and fearful woman, and who has never dated a man.

After María moves into the del Olmo household, she falls in love with Jorge Luis, who is weak and does not oppose his mother's will, always doing as she wants. Malvina makes it her life's mission to antagonize María. When she finds out that María loves her son, she pushes him to marry her in order to get the inheritance back.

She plans that after a few weeks Jorge Luis could make Maria give him control over the whole fortune and after that get divorced. Jorge Luis and María get married but they do not share a room nor do they live like a traditional married couple. Over time, Jorge Luis starts to develop a real and passionate love for María. Unfortunately María has another foe, Mistica, a sultry and selfish woman who used to be Jorge Luis' girlfriend, but then left him heartbroken in order to marry a wealthy older man, Sebastian Ordoñez. She realizes that she still loves Jorge Luis and is furious to learn that he is married and falling in love with Maria. She promises herself that she will get Jorge Luis back and starts to help Malvina get rid of María.

María then meets Maria Magnolia, a beautiful, rich, and sophisticated woman who is revealed to be her real mother. Maria Magnolia has now remarried and has another son, but she deeply regrets having left her family. She gains María's trust and starts to help her children, especially Guillermo who is in jail and is the only one who knows the truth about her.

Maria Magnolia's true identity remains a secret however for María and her other siblings, Rosario and Andres, and all the things she does for them have to be hidden from her new husband, Rodolfo (an architect who is Rosario's boss and is also a friend of Jorge Luis' family) and their son Gustavito (who is the youngest half-brother of Guillermo, Maria Mercedes, Rosario and Andres).

Maria Magnolia teaches María good manners and how to seduce her husband. Not long after, Sebastian Ordoñes throws a high class party where he gives a prize to Jorge Luis and then tries to seduce María. Jorge Luis, moved by jealousy and by the sight of the beautifully well-dressed María, finally starts to fall for her and sleeps with her. Soon María learns that she is pregnant.

After María's father passes away, she and Jorge Luis go on a vacation that goes terribly awry because of the intervention of both Mistica and a local lifeguard who hits on María. Jorge Luis impulsively makes up his mind because of this and asks María for a divorce as soon as they arrive in Mexico City.

However, Malvina has other plans. She tries to drive María crazy with the help of Cordelio, the butler, and puts her in an asylum. María manages to escape from the asylum and hides from the police in the house of Doña Filo, a good friend from her poverty-stricken days, until Jorge Luis asks the police not to pursue her any more.

With Cordelio as her ally, Malvina tries to kill María but it all fails. Malvina recognizes Maria Magnolia's influence and begins to wonder if she could be María's mother. She tells this to Magnolia's new husband, Rodolfo Mancilla, who in turn goes to María's old house (where Rosario and Andres still live) and asks to see a picture of their mother. He at once recognizes her and later confronts her, arguing with her and throwing her out. Maria Magnolia nevertheless survives by helping out a French tailor who once recognized her talent and pushed her ambitions (which clashed with the need to raise her family; she chose her career over them).

Meanwhile, Jorge Luis realizes that his feelings for Maria have grown so strong that he can’t live without her any more. He asks for forgiveness and she returns to the house where they live as a real married couple.

Nine months later María gives birth to twin girls, one of whom dies a few days later. Jorge Luis then puts an end to Mistica's interference for good after she attempts to pin a pregnancy on him (the child was actually her husband Sebastian's). When he discovers that his mother still hates María, he decides that it is time to leave his mother and raise his family with Maria.

He stands up for himself for the very first time against his mother's wishes and leaves. Malvina goes crazy and dresses as María used to in her impoverished past and runs to the street where she starts to sell lottery tickets and clean windshields. She is caught and put in an asylum.

Maria Magnolia finally decides to tell the truth to her offspring. María at first is shocked by this revelation but her resentment shatters and she accepts her mother with love. Rosario, on the other hand, is disgusted and filled with rancor, a situation that remains until Rodolfo Mancilla (who happens to be her boss), agrees to accept all of them as his step-children.

With this, the sisters make peace and Rosario finally accepts the courtship of Ricardo, a younger friend of Jorge Luis, without any remarks by María. Since María and Jorge Luis only had a civil wedding, they decide to have a great church wedding in the Basilica of Guadalupe with all their friends and relatives, closing the scene after they say "I do", thus ending the soap opera with a romantic kiss.


  • Thalía as María Mercedes "Meche" Muñoz González de del Olmo
  • Arturo Peniche as Jorge Luis del Olmo Morantes
  • Laura Zapata as Malvina Morantes Vda. del Olmo; Main Villain
  • Gabriela Goldsmith as Maria Magnolia "Magnolia" González de Mancilla
  • Carmen Amezcua as Digna del Olmo Morantes
  • Carmen Salinas as Doña Filogonia
  • Nicky Mondellini as Mistica Casagrande de Ordóñez
  • Fernando Ciangherotti as Santiago del Olmo
  • Roberto Ballesteros as Cordellio Cordero Manso
  • Luis Uribe as Manuel Muñoz
  • Fernando Colunga as Chicho
  • Karla Álvarez as Rosario Muñoz González
  • Meche Barba as Doña Chonita
  • Rosa Carmina as Doña Rosa
  • Jaime Moreno as Rodolfo Manzilla
  • Raúl Padilla "Chóforo" as Argemiro "El Chupes" Camacho
  • Luis Gimeno as Don Sebastián Ordóñez
  • Roberto "Flaco" Guzmán as Teo "El Jarocho"
  • Aurora Molina as Doña Natalia
  • Virginia Gutiérrez as Doña Blanca Sáenz
  • Jaime Lozano as Dr. Díaz
  • Alberto Inzúa as Lic. Mario Portales
  • Enrique Marine as Guillermo "Memo" Muñoz González
  • Héctor del Puerto as Servant Lic. Portales
  • Héctor Gómez as Chaplin
  • Julio Urrueta as Napoleón
  • Silvia Caos as Alma's nurse
  • Carlos Rotzinger as Omar
  • Manuel D'Flon as Lázaro
  • Irma Torres as Nunny Cruz
  • José Luis González y Carrasco as Joel
  • Agustín López Zavala as Alberto
  • Vanessa Angers as Berenice
  • Marco Uriel as Adolfo
  • Sylvia Campos as Diana San Román
  • Evangelina Sosa as Candelaria "Candy"
  • Cuco Sánchez as Genaro
  • Carlos Corres as Amateo
  • Marcela Figueroa as Sara
  • Arturo Garcia Tenorio as Rogasiano "El Latas"
  • Yula Pozo as Lucinda
  • Diana Golden as Fabiola Mayerling San Roman
  • Lucero Lander as Karin
  • Arturo Lorca as El Mollejas
  • Rebeca Manriquez as Justa
  • Erika Oliva as Araceli
  • Irlanda Mora as Aunt Paz
  • Xavier Ximenez as Father Enrique
  • Rossana San Juan as Zafiro
  • Rafael del Villar as Ricardo
  • Patricia Navidad as Iris
  • Victor Vera as Judge Civil Registry
  • Paquita la del Barrio as Paquita
  • Ari Telch as Carlos Urbina
  • Alfredo Gutiérrez as Dr. Arturo Valadez
  • Ricardo Vera as Lic. Gómez Portales
  • Elia Domenzain as Director of Academy
  • Jeanette Candiani as Gloria
  • Martha Zamora as Herminia
  • Sara Montes as Rebeca
  • María Eugenia Ríos as Director of reformatory
  • Eduardo Liñán as Public Ministry Agent
  • Armando Franco as Elías Carillo
  • Tito Livio as El Clavo
  • Jorge Granillo as El Hamburguesa
  • Dolores Salomón "Bodokito" as Ludovina
  • Gustavo Rojo as Dr. Pérez
  • Adal Ramones as Guy Menendez
  • América as Gabriela
  • Aarón Beas as Martín
  • Guillermo Murray as Dr. Carvajal
  • Miguel Garza as Esteban
  • Paola Garera as Mirna
  • Eduardo Rivera as Danilo
  • José Zambrano as Lic. Robles
  • David Ostrosky
  • Lina Michel


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1993 11th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela Valentín Pimstein Nominated
Best Actress Thalía
Best Actor Arturo Peniche Won
Best Antagonist Actress Laura Zapata
Best Supporting Actress Carmen Salinas
Gabriela Goldsmith Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Fernando Ciangherotti Won
Raúl Padilla "Chóforo"
Best Young Lead Actress Thalía
Best Female Revelation Nicky Mondellini Nominated
Best Telenovela (International Segment) Valentín Pimstein Won
Bravo Awards Best Young Lead Actress Thalía
Latin ACE Awards Best Scenic Program Valentín Pimstein
Best Actor Arturo Peniche
Best Director Beatriz Sheridan
El Heraldo de México Awards Best Female Revelation Thalía
Eres Awards Best Actress


A Philippine remake aired on ABS-CBN from October 7, 2013 to January 24, 2014 as part of Primetime Bida evening block starring Jessy Mendiola (as Maria Mercedes Alegre), Jake Cuenca (as Luis Sancuevas), and Jason Abalos (as Clavio Mondejar).[2]


  1. ^ "María Mercedes" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Maria Mercedes' remake to air on ABS-CBN". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-06.

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