- Title Translation
- Benjamín Cann
- Yolanda Vargas Dulché
- Release Date
- September 20 2004
- Drama, Romance, Mystery
Rubí ("Ruby") is a Mexican telenovela that aired on Televisa in 2004. The plot is based on the story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché and the telenovela that aired in 1968 with Fanny Cano.
Rubí is a beautiful, charismatic young woman from a working-class background. She is studying at a university because of her sister's great efforts. Rubí is best friends with Maribel, a wealthy young woman with a small defect in her leg. Rubí eventually meets Maribel's boyfriend Hector and his best friend Alejandro. But a much darker truth lies inside of Rubí. She is driven by a dark ambition that will stop at nothing to get what she wants, and what she wants is to escape from poverty and be wealthy.
Alejandro offers her true love but no luxuries due to his middle class. She rejects him despite the fact that she believes he is her true love. Rubí then seduces Héctor, because like Maribel he is very wealthy, and on the day of his wedding to Maribel, they run away leaving Maribel in the deepest and darkest hour of her life. Rubí finally has the lifestyle and money that she's always dreamed of, but she soon learns that money isn't everything.
She begins to miss Alejandro and decides to get him back at any cost even when Maribel and Alejandro have moved on, and even begin dating each other. Alejandro soon is torn between Rubí and Maribel; Rubí is torn between money and Alejandro. Rubí will do anything to get what she wants, even if it’s at the expense of others and even if it means hurting everyone in her path. At one point Rubí considers changing, but returns to being the bad girl. Even after a fortune teller tells her to change or she will be punished for her sins, Rubí doesn't give this much thought and goes on with her life.
Finally, Alejandro pays her a visit one more time to tell her that it’s over and that he has chosen Maribel. After all her schemes, lies, and backstabbing, Rubí begs him to not go. At this point she sheds her dignity and any pride that she has left. She gets on her knees and wraps her hands around his leg and begs him to not go. He's her true love and she refuses to let him go. Alejandro is sick and tired of her evil ways. He leaves and walks down the stairs, and then Rubí follows him, she holds on to a balcony stair but then slips and falls several floors. At the hospital they have to amputate her leg to save her life.
Rubí doesn't die and even at her most desperate point she doesn't repent. Her sister Christina tries to encourage her and tells her that she can lead a new life, just differently. Everything Rubí had is gone. Her wealthy, young husband Hector dies and he loved her and wanted her until the very end. The corporation stocks that he left her with are gone, as well as any money that she had left. She is completely behind on her rent and she is hated in her community. Even her beauty is gone.
Rubí even alienates her best friend, who has always been by her side and stood by her, even towards the end when he discovered how evil she really was. She asks the fortune teller to visit her one more time, and he tells her that this was the result of all her actions, and this is her punishment. She has a hard time accepting the truth. She wants to be like she was before, beautiful and alluring, but everything she ever had is gone. She doesn't repent and is without shame, she tries to make a desperate attempt to kill Alejandro at his wedding to Maribel, but she can't. He's her true love and she will always love him.
- Adriana Roel ... Hilda Mendez
- Amelia Zapata ... Celia Fuentes
- Ana Bertha Espín ... Elisa de Duarte
- Ana Martín ... Refugio Ochoa viuda de Pérez
- Antonio Medellín ... Ignacio Cárdenas
Misc Notes and Facts
Rubí was a huge success in many countries. Apart from the United States and Latin America, the telenovela garnered high ratings in the Philippines, Malaysia, Israel, Eastern Europe, among many others, and made Bárbara Mori, the lead actress, and both Eduardo Santamarina and Sebastián Rulli major stars in Latin America.
One of the most successful telenovelas in 2004/2005. At the Latin American awards, "Premios: TV y Novelas 2005" Rubí took the major awards. The soap won the awards for best soap opera, best female protagonist (Barbara Mori), best male protagonist (Eduardo Santamarina), best overall actress (Ana Martin), best theme music (La Descarada by Reyli), and best scene direction.