An outcast in a prominent fashion company, a sweet-hearted and unattractive assistant falls hopelessly in love with her boss.




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Series cast summary:
Ana María Orozco ...
 Beatriz Aurora 'Betty' Pinzón Solano (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jorge Enrique Abello ...
 Armando Mendoza Sáenz (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Natalia Ramírez ...
 Marcela Valencia (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Lorna Paz ...
 Patricia Fernández (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Luis Mesa ...
 Daniel Valencia (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Julián Arango ...
 Hugo Lombardi (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ricardo Vélez ...
 Mario Calderón (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mario Duarte ...
 Nicólas Mora (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Kepa Amuchastegui ...
 Roberto Mendoza (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Talú Quintero ...
 Margarita Sáenz de Mendoza (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jorge Herrera ...
 Hermes Pinzón Galarza (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Adriana Franco ...
 Julia Solano Galindo de Pinzón (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
 María Beatriz Valencia (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Júlio César Herrera ...
 Freddy Stewart Contreras (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dora Cadavid ...
 Inés 'Inesita' Peña de Gómez (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Stefanía Gómez ...
 Aura María Fuentes (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Paula Peña ...
 Sofía de Rodríguez (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Luces Velásquez ...
 Bertha Muñoz de González (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marcela Posada ...
 Sandra Patiño (La Jirafa) (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Mariana Valdéz (169 episodes, 1999-2001)
David Ramírez ...
 Wilson Camejo Mejía (Security Guard) (81 episodes, 1999-2001)


An outcast in a prominent fashion company, a sweet-hearted and unattractive assistant falls hopelessly in love with her boss.

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El Mundo se enamorará de ella (The World will fall in love with her)


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25 October 1999 (Colombia)  »

Also Known As:

I Am Betty, the Ugly Girl  »

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Did You Know?


In 2010, this "Telenovela" is granted the Guiness World Record as the best of all times. See more »


In one of the later episodes, Betty, out of fury, imagines herself slapping Armando into a lamp. Armando rubs the wrong side of his cheek, after falling into the lamp. See more »


Version of Sensiz olmuyor (2005) See more »


Se Dice de Mí
(Theme Song)
(Francisco Canaro / César Escola / Ivo Pelay)
Performed by Yolanda Rayo
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Very funny, Very Sad, and Very Real – A Unique telenovela!

Fernando Gaitan wrote this Colombian novela, YO SOY BETTY LA FEA (I am Betty the Ugly). It stars leading actors, Ana Maria Orozco as Betty the Ugly, Jorge Enrique Abello as Armando Mendoza, her love interest, and a fine cast.

The story is about Betty, an intelligent but unattractive woman, who is unable to find a job mainly because of her looks. She finally finds a lower level position as a secretary to the president of a fashion company.

During her time at the fashion company, Betty works her way from the position as a secretary to an assistant. Later, she becomes the secret owner of the company. In the mean time, Betty is teased and taunted by other staff members. She makes friends with a group of office workers called the Cartel de Feas (The Ugly Women's Group). Gradually, with the help of a friend, Betty's self-confidence and physical appearance improves.

When the company is in serious trouble, Betty is able to rescue the business from failure. Betty helps the company staff and she also falls in love with the young handsome president, Armando, who never notices her. Eventually Betty's smart mind, good heart, character and loyalty catch Armando's attention. Despite Betty's homely appearance, he eventually falls in love with her. However, Armando's affection may come too late for Betty. His previous insensitive actions badly hurt her. Will Betty become successful in her love and professional life? That's for the viewers to find out!

Over 80 million viewers from Colombia and 21 other countries, including the U.S., have enjoyed this ethical story about how courage, inner beauty and brainpower can conquer others' perception of physical looks. BETTY LA FEA is told in such a witty, comical, and sometimes serious manner that you'll find yourself vigorously supporting the heroine, laughing, crying, and shouting at the television screen when you watch it.

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