I was one of five writers who worked on this telenovela for a year in Caracas, Venezuela. It served to remind people of the horrors of dictatorships by reliving the Perez Jimenez era. Estefanía stirred up plenty of political sentiment among the population and we received honors from the President for standing up for democracy. Our team, lead by Julio Cesar Marmol, broke the norm and wrote realistically, including actual speeches from the era which I myself researched in the National Library. This soap had some real content and was an eye-opener. The actors were terrific. Jose Luis Rodriguez and Maria Conchita Alonso were on the verge of becoming international stars. It was an unforgettable experience and I am proud to have worked on Estefanía.