El secreto de Alejandra
Created byJorge Lozano Soriano
Written byLila Yolanda Andrade
Carlos Lozano Dana
Tere Medina
Directed byLorenzo de Rodas
Xavier Marc
StarringMaría Sorté
Leonardo Daniel
Lisette Morelos
Rodrigo Vidal
David Ostrosky
Opening themeUn sueño prohibido by María Sorté
ComposerAmparo Rubín
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes25
Executive producerJorge Lozano Soriano
ProducerJosé Luis León
Production locationsFilming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
CinematographyIsabel Basurto
Rodolfo Morales
Running time21-22 minutes
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseDecember 1, 1997 (1997-12-01) –
January 2, 1998 (1998-01-02)
Preceded byAlguna vez tendremos alas
Followed byMi pequeña traviesa

El secreto de Alejandra (English title: Alejandra's secret) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Jorge Lozano Soriano for Televisa in 1997.[1] It starred by María Sorté, Leonardo Daniel, Lisette Morelos, Rodrigo Vidal and David Ostrosky.

On December 1, 1997, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting El secreto de Alejandra weekdays at 7:00 pm, replacing Alguna vez tendremos alas. The last episode was broadcast on January 2, 1998 with Mi pequeña traviesa replacing it the following day.


María Sorté interprets two identical women (although not sisters) and of opposite personalities. María is an unsuccessful actress and pharmacy employee, who lives tormented by her husband, Rubén (David Ostrosky), a kidnapper and murderer who works for an organ trafficking network. Maria could never have children since the mistreatment of her husband caused an abortion that left her sterile. When he starts the soap opera, he tries to commit suicide.

Alejandra is a millionaire whose son, Matías (Rodrigo Vidal), urgently needs a kidney transplant. She herself is ill with terminal cancer, but she does not want her family to know about it and she is terrified by the idea of leaving Matías helpless.

In complicity with Sergio, his doctor (Leonardo Daniel), Alejandra appears before Maria and proposes that they exchange their lives. Thus, Maria could leave behind her life as a mistreated woman, take care of Alejandra's son and make sure she receives the transplant she requires. In addition, this would be the greatest triumph as an actress for María.

After many attempts to convince her, Maria accepts. During the first month of the telenovela broadcast, the two women prepare the exchange of lives; María, full of doubts, learns the details of Alejandra's life, as she announces to her family that she is going on a trip. Finally the identity change is made, and the false Maria (Alejandra) dies in the hospital to the surprise of her friends, (Macaria and Carmelita González), while the false Alejandra (María) returns to her house and finally meets Matías.

So far, the story had followed the original course, but with the sudden cancellation, a sudden ending was started that begins with the last scene of chapter 24. The secret of the false Alejandra is discovered immediately thanks to some recordings that the real Alejandra He left Matías. She left instructions that only listen to the cassette in case of emergency, if she one day decided to leave the house. Matías has a feeling and disobeys the instructions; when listening to the cassette he learns the truth, but without hesitation he decides to accept his "new mother" and offers to keep the secret. On the other hand, Sergio turns out to be deeply in love with María (he had also received a cassette recorded by the deceased). All the subplots and conflicts of the telenovela, which were clearly designed to last for months, are resolved in one of the most hasty endings of the history of this genre.



Year Award Category Nominee Result
1997 15th TVyNovelas Awards Best Young Lead Actor Alex Von Nominated


  1. ^ "El secreto de Alejandra" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2016.