Marimar (Mexican Telenovela)
Marimar is a Mexican telenovela that was originally broadcast in 1994 on Televisa. Marimar is a remake of the telenovela La venganza, which aired on Televisa in 1977 and starred Helena Rojo and Enrique Lizalde.
It is very popular in Latin America, Brazil the United States, among French Overseas Network viewers in the French overseas departments and territories in Africa and one of the most viewed soap opera in the Philippines and Indonesia. According to the daily Ivoir 'Soir, "At 7.30 p.m. precisely, Marimar begins and life grinds to a halt in Côte d'Ivoire." Singer Thalía is the soap's major star.
The original Mexican telenovela was a massive hit in the Philippines in 1996 with ratings peaking on 46.5%, the only hit program on Radio Philippines Network (RPN). The series' success paved way to another Thalia telenovela Rosalinda which has the highest rating show ever recorded in the Philippine TV with a peak of 57.8%. In April 2002, the original Marimar was re-aired on GMA as part of the Telebabad primetime block but was moved to a morning timeslot in June 2002. Maria la del Barrio and Rosalinda are also followed and re-aired on the same network.
- Thalía as MariMar Pérez/María del Mar Aldama Pérez alias "Bella Aldama"
- Eduardo Capetillo as Sergio Santibáñez
- Miguel Palmer as Gustavo Aldama
- Alfonso Iturralde as Renato Santibáñez
- René Muñoz as Padre Porras
- Chantal Andere as Angélica de Santibáñez
- Miada Carrasco as Mamá la Cruz
- Tito Guízar as Papá Pancho
- Pituka de Foronda as Tía Esperanza
- Ricardo Blume as Fernando Montenegro
- Guillermo García Cantú as Bernando Duarte
- Frances Ondiviela as Brenda Icaza
- Amairani as Natalia Montenegro
- Patricia Navidad as Isabel
- Fernando Colunga as Adrian Rosales
Marimar is a poor, innocent girl who lives with her grandparents in a hut on the beach, in "San Martín de la Costa", by the ocean. She falls in love with Sergio, a soccer player and the son of a wealthy man who has beachfront property. To spite his father and his young stepmother, Sergio marries Marimar; however, he falls deeply in love with her.
Sergio's stepmother, Angélica, despises Marimar because of her poverty, naïveté and innocence. She cruelly embarrasses Marimar, often demeaning her as an individual in front of her friends and guests. Sergio decides to go away to earn enough money to take Marimar away from his father's house. After leaving Marimar alone with his family, Angélica frames Marimar and tells the cops that she stole a bracelet from her. Marimar is sent to jail.
While Marimar is in jail, Angélica orders one of her servants to burn down her grandparents' hut with them inside, killing them both. She then forges Sergio's handwriting and writes a letter to Marimar stating that he never loved her and wants a divorce. At this moment, Marimar decides that she will exact revenge from Sergio, his father, and Angélica.
With nothing left for her in San Martín de la Costa, Marimar relocates to Mexico City after her release from jail. She is offered a housekeeping position at the home of a wealthy older man, Gustavo Aldama, who takes a liking to Marimar and decides to train her to be an educated young lady. Marimar then assumes the identity of "Bella Aldama" and discovers that she is actually Gustavo Aldama's daughter.
To show off her transformation to the world, Gustavo Aldama decides to take her into town, to the same places where, coincidentally, Sergio and his friends are. Fueled by revenge, "Bella" uses every opportunity to seduce Sergio, then reject his advances in order to spite him. After her father's death, Marimar inherits his wealth. Still fueled by revenge, she hatches an elaborate plot to bankrupt Sergio's father and humiliate his stepmother Angélica, leaving them virtually homeless while Marimar becomes the proud owner of all their former properties.
After Sergio divorces Marimar (though he is still secretly in love with her), Angélica is badly burned in a car accident and dies. In dire straits, Sergio marries a rich young woman, Inocencia, who despises Marimar. Inocencia later learns that she has a brain tumor, and after her surgery, she is so happy to be alive that she divorces Sergio so he can be free to marry Marimar. They finally marry.
- Marimar, 2007 remake by GMA 7, a television network in the Philippines. The remake will star Marian Rivera as Marimar and Dingdong Dantes as Sergio.