Miami, Jun 29 (EFE) .- Venezuelan actress Lupita Ferrer, who was one of the favorites of Cuban soap opera writer Delia Fiallo, confirmed to Efe on Tuesday the death of the “teacher” and said it was something that the family She was waiting for her 96 years “she was very ill.”
Ferrer, who he said owes his “fame” to Fiallo for the role he played in “Esmeralda”, one of his most successful soap operas, has a sister who is married to the only son of the Cuban writer, the psychiatrist Bernardo Pascual, so it is “of the family”.
“He was very happy, he had a wonderful life,” both in his professional and personal life, he told Efe.
One of the five children of the author of soap operas such as “El privilegio de amar” and “Esmeralda” had previously informed the Mexican network Televisa that Fiallo “died in peace and surrounded by his loved ones” without giving further details.
The Venezuelan actress, who resides in Miami, declared her sadness over the death of Fiallo, who would have turned 97 on July 4 and was born in Havana, but left Cuba in 1966.
The Venezuelan actor and singer Carlos Mata, the male protagonist of “Cristal”, another of Delia Fiallo’s most successful novels, also expressed his regret.
“I’m still puzzled. You think people last forever, especially beautiful people like her,” said Mata, who last spoke to Fiallo a year ago and found her “lucid and loving.”
“She was the teacher, the best,” added Ferrer.
Fiallo studied Philosophy and Letters in Havana and began writing radio soap operas in the Cuban capital in 1949.
In 1966 he left Cuba with his family for Miami, which was his base of operations in the years he worked as a scriptwriter of soap operas for channels in Venezuela and also in Mexico.
The first of his soap operas outside of Cuba was “Lucecita,” which aired in 1967, and “Cristal,” aired in 1985 and 1986, the last original story he wrote.
In Spain “Cristal” was released in 1990 and was a great audience success.
In an interview with Efe in 2018, Fiallo said that the telenovela genre, of which she was a precursor in Cuba and Venezuela, was “destroyed” by the fact that the scriptwriters now emphasize action, violence and drug trafficking. , “forgetting about feelings.”
In that year she was dedicated to the task of transforming the scripts of her popular soap operas, such as “Leonela” or “Cristal” into books. The first book to be published was “Kasandra”.
Fiallo, who received a tribute in Miami in 2018 from the Cuban Cultural Heritage organization, said that producers “do not realize or do not want to see that they are producing for a minority that likes violence, morbidity.”
The author recalled the times when she had to write 35 daily pages of the soap opera on duty.
“For many years dedicated to that task, writing a daily chapter by myself, with the soap opera on the air. I could not get sick, I could not rest; sometimes I would finish a novel today and start with another the next day,” he recalled.
It was in Venezuela, which did not set foot again since Hugo Chávez was elected president in 1998, where he wrote some of his most famous melodramas, including “Leonela”, “La hedera”, “Esmeralda”, his first production in that country. and the aforementioned “Cristal”.
Due to the contribution she made to the genre of pink melodrama in the 70s and 80s, she was nicknamed the “mother of the Latin American soap opera.”
Many of his soap operas were covered in different Spanish-speaking countries.
Shortly after the news of his death emerged, Venevisión joined in the displays of grief and in a message on Twitter expressed his condolences to his family and friends.
“(A) great writer who says goodbye to us after 96 years of life shaping great unforgettable stories,” wrote the Venezuelan channel.