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Salomé is a Mexican telenovela produced by Televisa in 2001. It is a remake of the 1980 Mexican telenovela Colorina, which in turn was a remake of the 1977 Chilean telenovela La Colorina.

In The '80s, Salomé (Edith González) is a cabaret dancer who works at the cabaret Salón D'Rubí with her best friend, Karicia (Niurka Marcos). Through an acquaintance, Diego Duval, she meets Diego's brother-in-law, Julio Montesino (Guy Ecker), who is married to Ángela, who has a fatal illness and is unable to bear children. Salomé and Julio begin an affair and she gets pregnant. Lucrecia (María Rubio), Julio's overbearing mother, is obsessed with having a grandson, so she proposes to pay Salomé for giving them her child when he is born. Salomé at first reluctantly accepts and moves into the Montesino's mansion, but she later changes her mind and decides to keep the baby after he is born.

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She runs away with the child out of Mexico City and along the way takes the two kids of a man who helps her in her escape (with his permission, as he couldn't look after them). Salomé raises all three kids together in order to conceal her own son. When the boys grow up, they decide to go to college in Mexico City and she is forced to move back. It isn't long before she encounters Julio again, and along the way a whole slew of new problems.


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Salomé features examples of:

  • The '80s: The first part of the series takes place in that era. Particularly in the scenes set at the Montesino household, it really captures the look of the era.
  • The Alcoholic: Karicia descends into alcoholism during the time skip to the present day, which Diego (who took ownership of the Salón D'Rubí in the meantime) exploits to keep her under his thumb. Fortunately, Fernanda manages to get her out of it.
  • Actor Allusion: Lucrecia was basically a watered-down version of her actress María Rubio's most famous character, Catalina Creel from Cuna de lobos, minus the eyepatch and the murders. Otherwise, both characters shared many traits, right down to their desire to have a grandson so as to have a heir, no matter how unscrupulous the means.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: The reason for the previous versions of the story being named "Colorina" is because it's a nickname for redheaded women, which the main characters in said versions were. Salomé, for her part, retains her actress Edith González's own blonde hair.
  • Alliterative Name: Diego Duval.
  • Big Bad: Diego Duval graduates into this after framing Salomé for the murder of Arturo and pretty much trying to kill her and her loved ones.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: When Diego takes ownership of the Salón D'Rubí, he basically turns it into one of these; it is stated that the place went from offering risqué, but nothing beyond that, cabaret performances to a full-blown strip joint, plus it's implied that it also offers straight-up prostitution.
  • Bowdlerise: In the original La Colorina Chilean telenovela, the title character was explicitly stated to be a prostitute. In the Colorina Mexican telenovela and in Salomé, the main characters were only cabaret performers.
  • Betty and Veronica: Ángela (Betty) was beautiful and sweet yet demure, in contrast to the alluring and very sensual Salomé (Veronica).
  • Coolest Club Ever: Salón D'Rubí sure was the it place in the '80s.
  • Cool Old Guy: Don Arturo was pretty chill with the protagonists' hijinks, and served as a great foil for her more bitter wife Lucrecia.
  • Dies Wide Open: Ángela dies with a frozen, open-wide expression on her face.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Interestingly, the series treats Julio sleeping with Salomé as about as awkward as having an affair while your wife has a terminal illness can get. Salomé is, to be fair, horrified when she realizes the scope of the situation, albeit after meeting her, Ángela find her very sympathetic.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: In the first episode, Salomé and Karicia end up crashing on the Montesino household after Diego promised to pay some money he owned to them there. After being discovered by Manola, the housekeeper, and being threatened into leaving, they both in turn threaten to break some expensive vases unless they are paid, and both Salomé and Karicia end up tossing around a vase like a football. Salomé even shouts "Dan Marino!" at one point while doing so.
  • Ill Girl: Poor Ángela with her fatal illness.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: The main source of drama in the second part is the search for which one of the three kids Salomé raised as her sons was Julio's son.
  • Missing Mom: Salomé was abandoned as a child by her mother. They eventually meet again when Salomé goes to prison (long story).
  • My Beloved Smother: Lucrecia really wants to control her son Julio's life.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Salomé has this reaction when she discovers that she's had an affair with a man married to a terminally ill woman.
  • My Nayme Is: Karicia's name is written like caricia ("caress") but with a K.
  • Protagonist Title: The title is Salomé, and Salome is the character whose actions drive the plot.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Well, this is a soap opera, and Ángela lingered with her illness for quite some time. That being said, towards the end it notably avoided Beauty Is Never Tarnished, as poor Ángela genuinely looked like death warmed over in her final appearances.
  • Stage Names: Salomé is just her name as a cabaret perfomer, her real name is Fernanda Quiñones.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: The Salón D'Rubí being a cabaret, Salomé, Karicia and others tend to do this, although sometimes they already begin their performances with little clothes on.

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