Betty the Ugly One
This is the story of Beatriz Pinzón Solano, a brilliant economist with an masters in finance, yet she has only one flaw: she is ugly. Her only boyfriend abandoned her after a few days romance. She learned the hard way that love was not for her and that she would be a spinster all her life. So while her neighbors danced at discos and experimented with love, Betty dedicated all her time and efforts to her studies and instead prepared herself for a bright professional future. This pleased Hermes, Betty’s father, a very demanding and over protective man. Everything changes when she starts to work at ECOMODA, one of the largest fashion enterprises in the country. There she meets and falls in love with Armando Mendoza. Being overly desperate to get a job after many failures, she agrees to work as his secretary, a position well under her intellectual abilities. She knows that her looks do not help her, and for this reason she decides to start from the bottom and work her way up to an executive position, which she deserves. Betty really starts low at ECOMODA! She is stashed away in an old attic, while a beautiful woman sits at the reception area of the company’s CEO office. That’s her luck for being hideous looking. Betty accepts this all, just to be there. She makes this dark closet her office and her place to dream. She is happy with this situation since it allows her to be near her boss, Armando Mendoza, a handsome executive who has inherited the company’s presidency from his father. She has to see him on a daily basis, tending to his every need, pining for him, while Armando is not aware she exists as a woman. To him, she is only a human being who provides him with brilliant ideas and covers up his clandestine dates from his fiancée, Marcela Valencia, a sophisticated fashion designer who despises Betty. Betty never had any friends, since none of her neighbors or classmates wanted to be associated with someone as ugly as her. Yet in ECOMODA she identifies with other women who are ostracized because of their bad looks. Hugo Lombardi, top designer at ECOMODA, has categorized them as belonging to the “Ugly Women’s Barrack”, and never allows them to come near his working area. From their Barrack, Betty and her friends watch the world of the glamorous, delight themselves by gossiping about the models who work there, and give each other support in their problems. Betty thinks se is the most unfortunate one of the group. The other women of the Barrack are either married, divorced, single mothers, or engaged, but she has never had the chance to experience love. Pretty soon things start to change for Betty. Armando involves the company in financial problems. Betty is always there to help him get out of trouble time after time, but ECOMODA is constantly exposed to the dangers of his rash business moves. They both work side by side long hours every day. One evening Armando ends up madly and passionately kissing Betty. This is the most beautiful kiss Betty has ever known, a kiss which sends her flying and start dreaming and hoping for love. Yet, it is also the most infernal kiss of her life, since she knows that is was not meant with love, but instead it was all part of a business strategy that her boss played with the ugly girls at work, sacrificing himself by kissing her. It is also this kiss which changes her life, for she will never be the same. The new Betty will have an amazing body together with a complete soul transformation which will teach her boss that that girl which he kissed drunk one evening with eyes wide shut, is now a woman worthy of any man’s love.
PRODUCTION DATE: 1999
DIRECTOR: MARIO RIBERO
SCRIPTS: FERNANDO GAITÁN
PRODUCTION MANAGER: AMPARO GUTIERREZ
GENERAL PRODUCER: PILAR FERNÁNDEZ
HEAD POSITION: JUAN FERNANDO PÉREZ
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST: ROSSIO LÓPEZ
COSTUME DESIGNER: ROSITA CABAL
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ALIRIO FARFÁN
SOUND DIRECTOR: HERMANN MORENO
TOPIC OF PRESENTATION: IT IS SAID OF MY AUTHOR: FRANCISCO CANARO
MUSIC: I. PELAY VERSION: CÉSAR ESCOLA
PERFORMER: YOLANDA RAYO
DURATION: 169 X 60"
Beatriz, She is a woman without physical attraction to the sight, rather ugly, her clothing is more conservative, does not favor her at all, almost always this one with long and wide skirts, her hair gathered without grace, with a few quite thick glasses or passé of fashion; in short, when seeing it is captured that it is more than modest, with a presence that little helps her., it is shy, naïve, self-absorbed, that takes refuge in itself and in occasions sad and dreamy. With a very deteriorated self-esteem, almost non-existent in some areas.
Armando, Attractive, charming, impeccable in his dress, elegant gait. He is in the list of the most sought after children in the country. Bright, intelligent, sophisticated child with claws and tenacity, responsible, skillful, ambitious and impulsive.
Lover of beauty, aesthetics and harmony important qualities in his world.
Marcela, with a sculptural physical beauty, beautiful in every sense of the word. She is the role model for many girls in Colombia, since to this is added a class and distinction without equal a modern, intelligent, impetuous girl, with a great taste for beautiful things. With a strong character, accustomed to imposing her will, regardless of the consequences. Cold and calculating, she believes that because of the position she occupies people can listen to her dismissive comments, without joking. In fact, she likes to be paid a certain amount of compliments.
Patricia, elegant, quite attractive and eye-catching, she knows how to take advantage of her beauty.
Great friend of Marcela, aristocrat, with a great social life, but with serious economic problems, due to the recent economic bankruptcy of her parents. Pedantic, mocking, she treats people that she does not consider of her same condition with disdain, she makes them feel inferior.
Mario, seductive, attractive and with an elegance linked to his great style, which makes it one of the best games of the moment in society. It is highly competitive and always a winner, which is boasted of all the time. He is not only Armando's partner, but also his best friend.
Attractive and the pint helps him, painstaking and careful in his dress. He can be defined as a person, confident, sagacious, arribista and with a desire to overcome quite great. He admires and imitates his friend Armando in everything, he is his role model.
Hugo, by his physique you can recognize that he is a gay, is careful in his dress and his manners, quite refined and delicate. He is a kind, open, open, but passionate child, a friend of his friends (he will defend Marcela and Patricia by the sword), but a fierce enemy of his enemies. I criticize rather sharp in his comments in our days.