Vivo Por Elena

Vivo Por Elena
Genre Telenovela
Created by Delia Fiallo
Written by Marcia del Río
María Cristina Ribal
Ricardo Tejeda
Directed by Sergio Jiménez
Manolo García
Rafael Rojas
Starring Victoria Ruffo
Saúl Lisazo
Ana Patricia Rojo
Sebastián Ligarde
Arturo Peniche
Opening theme Vivo por ella by Andrea Bocelli & Marta Sánchez
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 115
Executive producer(s) Juan Osorio
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
Cinematography Karlos Velázquez
Alejandro Álvarez Ceniceros
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 41-44 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release April 6 – September 11, 1998
Preceded by Desencuentro
Followed by Camila
Related shows La señorita Elena (1967)
La señorita Elena (1974)
Atrévete (1986)

Vivo Por Elena (English title: I live for Elena) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Juan Osorio for Televisa in 1998.[1] The telenovela has been repeated several times on different channels since its original airing.

On April 6, 1998, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Vivo Por Elena weekdays at 8:00pm, replacing Desencuentro. The last episode was broadcast on September 11, 1998 with Camila replacing it the following day.

Victoria Ruffo and Saúl Lisazo starred as protagonists, while Ana Patricia Rojo, Sebastian Ligarde, Jean Duverger and Julieta Bracho starred as antagonists.


Elena (Victoria Ruffo) is a poor young woman who while attending university to gain a degree in psychology, meets a rich young man named Ernesto (Sebastian Ligarde) whose only goal is to be with as many women as possible, through deception and on more than one occasion, drugs.

After this Elena refuses to see Ernesto again, and swears off ever falling in love again because she believes herself to be damaged because of Ernesto. Elena then focuses solely on her education and graduating so that she can work and help support her two sisters, Chelo (Cecilia Gabriela) and Talita (Anahi).

Chelo is her older sister who was forced to work in a cabaret to support her two younger sisters, Elena and Talita. After graduating she goes to interview at the house of the judge Juan Alberto Montiel (Saul Lisazo) for the position of particular tutor for Juan Alberto's son who in the absence of his mother Silvia (Rojo) has become unruly and disrespectful.

Upon first interviewing she is turned down because Juan Alberto believes her too young and inexperienced to properly care for his son. Juan Alberto's adopted mother is Rebeca (Julieta Bracho), who coincidentally is the mother of Ernesto, and therefore Ernesto and Juan Alberto are like brothers in the sense that they grew up together.

Rebeca believing that Juanito (Imanol), Juan Alberto's son, has been too unruly goes to Elena's house to ask her to take the job because no one else has been interested. Elena arrives at the big house and almost immediately has a profound effect on Juanito and little by little Juan Alberto begins to see a change in his son and realizes that it's all thanks to Elena.

Slowly the two, Elena and Juan Alberto, begin to fall in love and as in usual telenovela style there are a whole host of characters that seem adamant in ensuring that the two will not be happy together.


  • Victoria Ruffo as Elena Carvajal del Monteverde
  • Saúl Lisazo as Juan Alberto Montiel
  • Ana Patricia Rojo as Silvia Fonseca de Montiel/Raquel Duran
  • Sebastián Ligarde as Ernesto de los Monteros
  • Arturo Peniche as Héctor Rubalcava
  • Cecilia Gabriela as Consuelo "Chelo" Carvajal
  • Julieta Bracho as Rebecca de los Monteros
  • Patricia Álvarez as Lumara
  • Anahí as Natalia "Talita" Carvajal
  • Sergio Catalán as Adolfo
  • Maty Huitrón as Simona Pacheco
  • Imanol as Juan "Juanito" Montiel Fonseca
  • Carlos Rotzinger as Lic. Gustavo Linares
  • Adriana Lavat as Adriana
  • Adriana Barraza as Hilda "La Machín"
  • Pablo Montero as Luis Pablo Moreno
  • José María Torre as Julio
  • Manuel Landeta as Hugo Milanés
  • Kelchie Arizmendi as Francisca "Panchita"
  • Carlos Espejel as Oscar Moreno
  • Alejandra Procuna as Ely
  • Leonorilda Ochoa as Aurora
  • Sergio Corona as Don Fermín de los Reyes de Tizayuca
  • Luis de Icaza as Demetrio Rojo
  • Anel as Jenny
  • Jean Duverger as El Güero/El Negro
  • Ofelia Guilmáin as Luz María Villalpando "Doña Luz"
  • Lucía Guilmáin as Enedina Pancardo
  • Lucila Mariscal as Gardenia
  • Miguel Garza as Sergio
  • Hilda Aguirre as Érica Barragán Montes de Oca
  • Julián Bravo as Francisco "Paco" Valenzuela
  • Giorgio Palacios as Lalo
  • Kristoff as El Pecas
  • Gerardo Gallardo as El Sapo
  • Serrana as Yolanda
  • Claudia Silva as Jimena
  • Tony Flores as Bertoldo
  • Yadira Santana as Raisa Martín
  • Mónica Prado as Berta
  • Héctor Cruz as Roque
  • Tania Prado as Noemí
  • Pablo Cheng as Poli
  • Erika Monarrez as Casimira
  • Jessica Segura as Marta
  • Ernesto Valenzuela as Larry
  • Luz María Aguilar as Abril
  • Paco Ibáñez as Ausencio
  • Niurka as Mirta "La Cubana"
  • Alejandra Meyer as Mrs. Garay/Director of the prison
  • Constantino Costas as Dr. Justo Cansino
  • José Antonio Ferral as Genovivo "El Hacendado"
  • Anthony Álvarez as Leandro
  • Juan José Origel as El Panameño
  • Sergio Jiménez


Year Award Category Nominee Result
199917th TVyNovelas AwardsBest Actress Victoria Ruffo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cecilia Gabriela


  1. "Vivo Por Elena" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
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