María Isabel (1997 telenovela)

María Isabel
Also known as Si tú supieras... María Isabel
Genre Telenovela
Created by Yolanda Vargas Dulché
Written by René Muñoz
Ricardo Fiallega
Directed by Miguel Córcega
Mónica Miguel
Starring Adela Noriega
Fernando Carrillo
Lorena Herrera
Patricia Reyes Spíndola
Lilia Aragón
Theme music composer Kike Santander
Opening theme Si tu supieras by Alejandro Fernández[1][2]
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 124 (Original version)
62 (International version)
Executive producer(s) Carla Estrada[1]
Producer(s) Arturo Lorca
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
Cinematography Alejandro Frutos
Jesús Acuña Lee
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
1080i HDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release August 4, 1997 – January 23, 1998
Preceded by La jaula de oro
Followed by La usurpadora
Related shows María Isabel (1966)
María Isabel (1967)

María Isabel (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈɾi.a isaˈβel]) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa in 1997.[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]

On August 4, 1997, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting María Isabel weekdays at 9:00pm, replacing La jaula de oro. The last episode was broadcast on January 23, 1998 with La usurpadora replacing it the following day.

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’ve struggled all their lives to achieve.[6]



Year Award Category Nominee Result
1998 16th TVyNovelas Awards Best Leading Actress Patricia Reyes Spíndola Nominated
Best Young Lead Actress Adela Noriega Won[6][7]
Best Male Revelation Jorge Salinas Nominated
Eres Awards[8] Best Telenovela María Isabel' Won
Best Young Lead ActressAdela Noriega Nominated
Best Young Lead Actor Fernando Carrillo Won
Best TV Musical Theme Si Tú Supieras
ACE Awards[9] Best Television ActressAdela NoriegaNominated
Best Television Actor Fernando Carrillo

International Broadcasters of María Isabel

North & South America, Caribbean, Europe


  1. 1 2 "Producción" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  2. 1 2 "Maria Isabel, Si Tu Supieras". 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). 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). Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  6. 1 2 "Adela regresa con Maria Isabel" (in Spanish). 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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