Valentin Pimstein, Jewish pioneer of Mexican telenovelas, dies at 91

By JTA
June 28, 2017 16:56
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Iconic Mexican telenovela producer Valentin Pimstein, whose serial dramas were dubbed and subtitled in dozens of languages and shown around the world, has died

Pimstein died on Tuesday at the age of 91, reported Programa Hoy television show.

Born in Chile, the Jewish producer was the seventh of nine children of a Russian family. His love for romantic and melodramatic stories came from his Jewish mother, an assiduous consumer of radio soap operas and Mexican cinema.

Pimstein is remembered for his successful telenovelas including “Maria Mercedes,” “La picara sonadora,” “Los ricos tambien lloran,” “Rosa Salvaje,” “Simplemente Maria,” Carusel,” and many others, which were dubbed and subtitled in dozens of languages and aired around the world.



He is considered the “father of the pink soap opera,” because most of his stories were romantic and melodramatic. In the 1980s, he discovered actresses Lucía Méndez, Verónica Castro, Angelica Aragón, Edith González and Victoria Ruffo, who were protagonists of some of his soap operas.


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