La viuda de Blanco

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La Viuda de Blanco
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Created byJulio Jiménez
Developed byTelemundo Studios, Miami
RTI Producciones
Written byPatricia Cuba
Jenny Suarez
Directed byJulio Jiménez
Luis Manzo
Leonardo Galavis
David Posada
StarringItatí Cantoral
Francisco Gattorno
Zully Montero
Alejandro Felipe
Music byAlberto Slezynger
Pablo Caceres
Country of originColombia (1996, original version)
United States (2006)
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes158
Executive producerAurelio Valcárcel Carroll
ProducerAlicia Avila
EditorIvan Martinez
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42-45 minutes
Original networkTelemundo
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatStereophonic sound
Original releaseAugust 18, 2006 (2006-08-18) –
March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02)
Preceded byLa Tormenta
Followed byDame Chocolate

La Viuda de Blanco (double meaning: Blanco's Widow and The Widow in White) is a 1996 Colombian telenovela hit which starred Osvaldo Ríos, María Helena Doehring, Jorge Enrique Abello, and Yolandita Monge. Its remake, titled the same, premiered on July 24, 2006 on Telemundo, replacing La Tormenta. Both versions (the remake including mostly Mexican actors) were produced by Telemundo Studios Miami. The 1996 version was broadcast between 1996 and 2000 in Colombia, Venezuela, Armenia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Dominican Republic, Poland, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Ukraine, Philippines, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.


A mysterious woman (Amador Blanco's wife) arrives in the town of Trinidad looking for her past. After years of imprisonment for a crime she did not commit, the beautiful widow Alicia Guardiola returns to claim her twin boys, who are being raised by their grandmother, the feared and respected Perfecta Albarracin. Perfecta has no intention of giving up her grandchildren without a fight, and enlists her son, the handsome Diego Blanco, to help her. On opposite sides of a battle to claim two precocious boys who share dreams and magical powers, Alicia and Diego find themselves falling in love, without even suspecting the dark consequences a relationship between them will bring.

The main conflict is Alicia's desire to get custody of her twins back. Since Alicia was put in prison for murdering her husband Amador, son of Perfecta, Perfecta got custody of Alicia's children. The story starts with Alicia just having been declared innocent of murder and released from prison. But while that is the main conflict, another conflict exists which the audience does not pay much attention to, namely how Perfecta is alienating her children by her drive to dominate them with an unforgiving spirit if they appear in her eyes to have done wrong or offended her. A crisis comes in this conflict as Perfecta realizes her error and speeds in a car to try to reach her daughter Haydee, who is leaving the country. But just before Perfecta's car catches up with Haydee's car, Haydee dies in a car crash. Eventually the audience learns that actually it is Perfecta who is the real viuda de Blanco, not Alicia! For Alicia had never been married to Perfecta's son, a scoundrel who tricked Alicia with a fake marriage using a fake priest. Moreover, we learn that Amador never died; that too was a fake death.

The story embodies a lot of comedy and repetition. The audience hears what about what happened through minor characters or reported to others over the phone. The comedy comes to a screeching halt with the tragic death of Haydee. The moral of the story is to treat your children well before death makes that impossible.





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