|Created by||Inés Rodena|
|Based on||"La indomable"|
by Inés Rodena
|Directed by||Beatriz Sheridan|
|Theme music composer||Paco Navarrete|
|Opening theme||"Marimar" by Thalía|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||150|
|Running time||21-22 minutes|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Original release||January 31 –|
August 26, 1994
|Followed by||Imperio de cristal|
Marimar is a Mexican telenovela created by Inés Rodena and produced by Valentín Pimstein and Verónica Pimstein for Televisa in 1994. It is a remake of the 1977 telenovela La venganza, which is in turn based on the radionovela La indomable.
Thalía and Eduardo Capetillo star as the show's romantic leads, while Chantal Andere plays its principal villain.
Marimar is a poor, innocent girl who lives with her grandparents in a hut on the beach at San Martin de la Costa. She falls in love with Sergio, the son of Renato Santibáñez, a wealthy farmer. Sergio takes an interest in Marimar due to her humble, sweet demeanor and agrees to marry her to spite his father and young stepmother, Angélica.
Angélica despises Marimar because of her naïveté, her illiteracy, and her ignorance of high society, and embarks on a campaign of disparaging and humiliating her. Angered by his stepmother's behavior, Sergio leaves home in order to amass enough money to allow him to take Marimar somewhere where she will no longer have to suffer Angélica's abuse.
Sergio's departure leaves Marimar alone with no defense between her and Angélica's malice. First, Angélica shows Marimar a bracelet lying in a puddle and, telling her that she recognizes it as something that once belonged to Sergio's mother, encourages her to retrieve it with her teeth. After Marimar follows Angélica's instructions and retrieves the bracelet, Angélica reports to the police that the bracelet is hers and that Marimar has stolen it, and Marimar is sentenced to jail time. With Marimar behind bars, Angélica sends one of her servants, Nicandro, to set fire to the home of Marimar's grandparents; both of them die in the blaze that ensues. She then creates a forged letter purportedly from Sergio telling Marimar that he never loved her and that he doesn't want to have anything more to do with her. Traumatized by Angélica's wickedness, the murder of her grandparents, and the supposed betrayal of Sergio, the formerly good-natured Marimar becomes a woman hell-bent on revenge.
Once released from jail, Marimar decides to create an entirely new life for herself. Accompanied by Padre Porres, she moves to Mexico City, where she adopts a new identity: from now on she will be "Bella," not Marimar from San Martin.
Marimar's life takes an unexpected turn when she finds employment in the home of a stranger named Gustavo Aldama. It is revealed that he is her father, and that he has been looking for his daughter, María del Mar, for many years. Gustavo and his sister Esperanza teach Bella how to read and write, how to speak eloquently, and how to dress elegantly. Her family circle expands further when she discovers that she is pregnant with Sergio's child, in due course giving birth to a daughter, Crucita.
When Marimar's metamorphosis into a new, brilliant social butterfly is complete, Gustavo takes her to the opera, where she happens to meet her former husband. Still believing that Sergio betrayed her, she launches herself into her long-planned vendetta against him and the rest of the Santibañez family. Diving into her new identity as Bella Aldama, she torments Sergio in a game of erotic cat and mouse, sometimes seducing him, sometimes rejecting him. Their convoluted story becomes more complicated still when Marimar moves to Valle Encantado to run her late father's private country club. There, the local governor, Fernando Montenegro, falls in love with Marimar, while his daughter, Natalia, becomes infatuated with Sergio and begins to plot against Marimar for Sergio's affection.
Marimar's campaign against the Santibáñez family enters its final phase, in which she strips Renato and Angélica of their wealth by driving Renato deep into debt while holding the deed to the Santibáñez ranch as collateral. Finally revealing herself as Marimar, she takes ownership of the ranch and renames it Hacienda los Abuelos, now ranking as far above Angélica on the social scale as Angélica was once above her. Marimar exploits their fall from grace publicly to humiliate Angélica the way that Angélica used to humiliate her. Meanwhile, although Sergio remains in love with Marimar, he ends his relationship with her in disgust due to her actions and makes preparations to marry his childhood friend Inocencia del Castillo. Marimar sets out to disrupt Sergio and Inocencia's lives by interrupting their wedding and wielding her power and influence over Sergio.
On her way to Valle Encantado, Angélica is involved in a major traffic accident and suffers fatal burns as a result. While lying on her deathbed, but still as hateful as ever, her last request is that someone set fire to Marimar's home so that Marimar will die in agony as great as her own.
Inocencia, meanwhile, is distressed to discover that Sergio has been making repeated visits to Marimar's home. Pregnant with Sergio's baby, she collapses and is taken to hospital. Her baby is delivered safely, but a scan conducted to investigate what caused her to collapse reveals that she has a brain tumor. While awaiting surgery, she is visited by Marimar, who promises not to pursue Sergio whether Inocencia survives her surgery or not.
Marimar decides to try her best to forget about Sergio and build a relationship with an engineer, Adrián Rosales. Inocencia's tumor is successfully removed. Ashamed of how she has behaved towards Marimar, she tells her that she will no longer stand between Marimar and Sergio. Renato also expresses regret over how he has treated Marimar, and asks for forgiveness on behalf of himself and Angélica. Padre Porres helps Sergio understand the motive behind Marimar's quest for revenge, and the couple resolves the outstanding issue of the betrayal that never occurred. The story ends with Marimar and Sergio finally marrying in the small church in San Martin de la Costa.
|Best Actor||Eduardo Capetillo||Nominee|
|Best Antagonist Actress||Chantal Andere||Nominee|
|Best Antagonist Actor||Toño Infante||Nominee|
|Best Leading Actor||Tito Guízar||Nominee|
|Highest-rated soap opera in the United States||Winner|
|Mejor programa escénico del año||Verónica Pimstein||Winner|
|Mejor figura femenina del año||Thalía||Winner|
|Mejor figura masculina del año||Eduardo Capetillo||Winner|
|Mejor dirección||Beatriz Sheridan||Winner|
The first ever remake, as granted by Televisa, was the 2007 Philippine version of the same title MariMar starring Marian Rivera under GMA Network. It was a huge hit around Asia at the time. In Mexico, Nathalie Lartrilleaux remade Marimar in 2013 under the title Corazón indomable and Ana Brenda Contreras and Daniel Arenas starred as the protagonists. In 2015, Philippines' GMA Network remade the Mexican telenovela for a second time, with Tom Rodriguez and Miss World 2013 winner Megan Young playing the title role.