Vivir un poco

Vivir un poco
Genre Telenovela
Created by Jesus Calzada
Written by Arturo Moya Grau
Carlos Romero
Directed by Rafael Banquells
Beatriz Sheridan
Starring Angélica Aragón
Rogelio Guerra
Beatriz Sheridan
Irma Lozano
Patricia Pereyra
Arturo Peniche
Theme music composer Amparo Rubin
Opening theme Instrumental (Piano)
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 165
Executive producer(s) Valentín Pimstein
Cinematography Manuel Ruiz Esparza
Leopoldo Ferrazas
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Original release July 29, 1985 – March 14, 1986
Preceded by Tú o nadie
Followed by Monte calvario
Related shows La Madrastra (1981)
Para toda la vida (1996)
Forever (1996)
La Madrastra (2005)
¿Quién Mató a Patricia Soler? (2014)

Vivir un poco (English title: Live a little) is a Mexican telenovela, which was produced and broadcast by Televisa in 1985.[1] The story was a remake of the very popular Chilean telenovela, La Madrastra from 1981. Vivir un poco tells the story of the quest of Andrea to find justice and her long-lost children but must face the lies and intrigue of the past and present. A story of questions, why? who? how? and the mystery of finding a real killer and discovering family secrets.

When this telenovela aired, during commercial breaks, Televisa showed a 10-second mini commercial where all the suspects to the murder including Andrea were shown one by one and a voice said "Quien es el verdadero asesino, quien?" or " Who is the real killer, who?". It starred by Angélica Aragón, Rogelio Guerra, Beatriz Sheridan, Patricia Pereyra and Arturo Peniche.


In 1965, Andrea travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina with her husband, Gregorio, his 2 sisters and a group of family friends. During the trip, one in their group, Martha, is murdered in her hotel room, and Andrea is discovered at the crime scene holding the gun with which Martha was killed. As all evidence initially points to Andrea as the killer, she is tried and sentenced to prison for Martha's murder.

Her husband and friends believe she is guilty and abandon her in Argentina, returning to Mexico City vowing never to mention Andrea's name again. Gregorio decides to lie to his children when they grow up. He makes them adore the portrait of a woman that doesn't exist and makes them believe that woman is their dead mother. He does this in order to erase Andrea from all of their lives as he is convinced she will never return - finishing her days in that prison where he abandoned her.


  • Angélica Aragón as Andrea Santos de Merisa Obregón
  • Rogelio Guerra as Gregorio Merisa Obregón
  • Beatriz Sheridan as Aura Merisa Obregón
  • Irma Lozano as Rosa Merisa Obregón
  • Patricia Pereyra as Atenas Merisa Obregón
  • Arturo Peniche as Adrián Merisa Obregón
  • Alberto Mayagoitia as Aldo Merisa Obregón
  • Juan Antonio Edwards as Rogelio Andrave Estravados
  • Augusto Benedico as Father Benigno
  • Carlos Ancira as Abundacio Llanos del Toro
  • Gregorio Casal as Gonzalo Marcos
  • Inés Morales as Lilia de Marcos
  • Nuria Bages as Alfonsina Dávalos de Larrea
  • Claudio Báez as Armando Larrea
  • Alma Delfina as Paulina Fernández
  • Jaime Garza as Tintoretto Fernández
  • Felicia Mercado as Magdalena Dávalos
  • Roberto Ballesteros as Marcos Llanos del Toro
  • Rafael Inclán as Filogonio Llanos del Toro "Marabunta"
  • Manuel "Flaco" Ibáñez as Leonardo Rafael Fernández
  • Aurora Molina as Vicenta "La Muda"
  • Liliana Weimer as Silvina
  • Gaston Tuset as Alejandro Luccino
  • Kara Glover as Martha Estravados de Andrave
  • Yula Pozo as Honesta de Fernández
  • María Martín as La Baronesa
  • Miguel Cane as Rogelio (10 years old)
  • Claudia Puenzo as Atenas (7 years old)
  • Bernhardt Seifert as Adrián (10 years old)


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1986 4th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela of the Year Valentín Pimstein Nominated
Best Actress Angélica Aragón Won
Best Actor Rogelio Guerra Nominated
Best Antagonist Actress Beatriz Sheridan
Best Experienced Actor Carlos AnciraWon
Augusto Benedico Nominated
Rafael Inclán
Best Experienced Actress Irma Lozano
Best Young Lead Actress Alma Delfina
Best Young Lead Actor Juan Antonio Edwards Won
Arturo Peniche Nominated
Jaime Garza
Best Male Revelation Arturo Peniche Won
Alberto Mayagoitia Nominated
Best Direction Rafael Banquells
Best Original Story or Adaptation Paulinho de Oliveira
Best Female Debut Patricia PereyraWon


  1. "Vivir un poco" (in Spanish). Retrieved December 4, 2015.
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