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Kassandra (TV series)


Kassandra (19911992) was a Venezuelan telenovela, written by Delia Fiallo and directed by Grazio D'Angelo and Olegario Barrera, involving a gypsy maiden marrying into a rich family. She does not realize, however, that she is the granddaughter of the man in the house. Her husband is killed on her wedding night, and she is blamed for the murder.

The telenovela lasted 150 episodes, and it achieved a significant amount of success outside Venezuela, it was extremely successful in its airing in Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia, Syria, other Eastern European countries, Indonesia, Italy and other countries. It earned entry in Guinness Book of World Records as Spanish language TV series being aired in greatest number of countries (128).

The Televisa telenovela Peregrina is a remake of this show.

Synopsis

The action begins 20 years prior to the actual plot, when a travelling circus sets up on the outskirts of Caracas. Andreina Arocha, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, is awestruck by the clowns, the wild animals, and a Gypsy fortuneteller who relates wonderful things the future has in store. Unbeknownst to Andreina, the fortuneteller actually sees a tragic destiny for her and something mysterious forewarns that their paths will meet again. One year later when the circus returns, Andreina has died of a terminal illness after giving birth to a baby girl. At the same time, Andreina's stepmother, Herminia, an unscrupulous and overly-ambitious woman, discovers that a Gypsy from the circus and her newborn have died during childbirth. Herminia, who has twin sons froma previous marriage and wants them to be sole heirs to the Arocha fortune, plots a devious plan and carries it out with the help of a hired hand. One dark night, he follows Herminia's orders to exchange the infants. In the crib, the lifeless body of the infant Gypsy replaces Andreina's healthy child who in turn is given to the Gypsies. The next day, the circus packs up and leaves town.

Years go by. Finally, one day the circus returns and so does Kassandra, who has grown to be a beautiful young woman. According to Gypsy tradition, the woman who raised Kassandra, her supposed grandmother, promised her hand in matrimony when she was an infant to Randu, a rough young man who is now the leader of the tribe.

During the first night of the Gypsies' arrival to town, while Randu dances with his future wife, Kassandra's eyes wander to another man. Their eyes meet and become locked in a strong mutual attraction. The man who stares is Luis David, one of Herminia's twin sons. Later the two talk below the starry sky, in the loneliness of the mountainside where they share a magical moment. The following day however, Luis David leaves town without a word.

Not long after, his twin brother Ignacio discovers that Kassandra is the true heir to the Arocha fortune and he tricks her into marrying him. The first night of their fateful honeymoon, Ignacio is mysteriously killed, but Kassandra thinks that he has left her. In an effort to discover his brother's assassin, Luis David returns and assumes Ignacio's identity. His suspicions fall on Kassandra, the beautiful young gypsy who knew her husband so briefly and who now believes that Luis David is her husband.

Cast

Coraima Torres as Kassandra / Andreina Arocha

Osvaldo Rios as Ignacio Contreras / Luis David Contreras

Henry Soto as Randu

Raul Xiques as Alfonso Arocha

Carmencita Padron as Ofelia Alonso

Nury Flores as Herminia Arocha

Esperanza Magaz as Dorinda

Carlos Arreaza as Tomas

Alexander Milic as Matias Osorio

Hylene Rodriguez as Lilia Rosa Alonso

Ivan Tamayo as Hector Quintero

Loly Sanchez as Rosaura Osorio

Fernando Flores as Simon

Veronica Cortez as Yaritza

Juan Frankis as Marcelino

Erika Medina as Isabel

Rafael Romero as Glinka

Cecilia Villarreal as Gema Salazar

Roberto Moll as Manrique Alonso

Mimi Sills as Elvira Alonso

Manuel Escolano as Roberto Alonso

Miguel de Leon as Ernesto Rangel

Saul Martinez as Doctor

Nelly Prigoryan as Verushka

Lupe Barrado

Ron Duarte

Pedro Duran as Calunga

Eduardo Gadea Perez as Judge

Margarita Hernandez as Norma De Castro

Maria Hinojosa

Felix Landaeta as Lic. Carrion

Frank Moreno

Julio Mujica

Jose Oliva as Lic. Olivera

Carlos Omana

Trivia

This was the only Hispanic telenovela dubbed in Cebuano and Hiligaynon languages in Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines, aired by GMA Iloilo, Cebu & Davao.

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