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Alcanzar una estrella
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Created byJesús Calzada
Screenplay byGabriela Ortigoza
Directed by
  • Marco Flavio Cruz
  • Manolo García
Creative directorJuan José Urbini
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes160
Executive producerLuis de Llano
Production locationsMexico City, Mexico
CinematographyDarío Rangel
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Original releaseMay 14 (1990-05-14) –
December 21, 1990 (1990-12-21)
Followed byAlcanzar una estrella II
Related showsHollywood Heights

Alcanzar una estrella ("To reach a star") is a Mexican telenovela first broadcast on Canal de las Estrellas in 1990.[1] Also broadcast in Latin America and on Univision in the United States, the telenovela tells the story of an introverted girl's infatuation with her teen idol. The leading roles were played by singers Mariana Garza and Eduardo Capetillo, ex-members of the Mexican pop band Timbiriche. The two also sang the theme songs, which were written by Ricardo Arjona. Arjona and other singers such as Patricia Manterola (from the group Garibaldi) also made acting cameos. The story was produced by Luis de Llano, producer and manager of Timbiriche and Garibaldi, and written by actress Rita Macedo, de Llano's mother. Alcanzar una estrella turned out to be Macedo's last credit as an actress before she committed suicide in the mid-1990s.

Alcanzar una estrella won a TVyNovelas Award for "Best Telenovela of the Year" in 1991. Its success led to the making of a film, Más que alcanzar una estrella, and a sequel telenovela Alcanzar una estrella II starring Sasha Sokol and Ricky Martin.[1] In 2012, American network Nick at Nite remade it as Hollywood Heights.[1][2]


Lorena (Mariana Garza) is an introverted girl who dreams of "reaching a star" - that star being singer Eduardo Casablanca (Eduardo Capetillo). She gets to meet him at a press conference to present his latest album and his first telenovela. Lorena begins to write anonymous letters to Eduardo while her classmates ridicule her bad looks. Eduardo struggles to maintain a relationship with his gold digger girlfriend Déborah (Kenia Gazcón).




Year Award Category Nominee Result
1991 9th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Luis de Llano Macedo Won
Best Leading Actress Rita Macedo Nominated
Best Leading Actor Enrique Lizalde
Best Co-lead Actress Ana Silvia Garza
Andrea Legarreta
Marcela Páez
Best Co-lead Actor Marcos Valdés
Héctor Suárez Gomis
Best Female Revelation Angélica Ruvalcaba
Mariana Garza Won
Best Male Revelation Eduardo Capetillo
Alejandro Ibarra Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Nick @ Nite Press Release: Hollywood Heights". May 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Lloyd, Robert (June 18, 2012). "Television review: Stars in their eyes in Hollywood Heights". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013.