Carlos Olmos, creator of the highest-rated telenovela in Mexican history, “Cuna de Lobos” (Den of Wolves), died of respiratory failure Oct. 13 after a prolonged bout of bronchitis last week. The writer was 55.
Olmos, born on the Mexican border with Guatemala, was trained in playwriting at Mexico’s national theater school in Mexico City and wrote a host of plays, including “Juegos profanos” (Profane Games) and “Wilde, el dandy del Hotel Savoy” (The Dandy of the Savoy), which were performed internationally. But he’s best known for his contributions to the small screen, especially the iconic “Cuna de lobos,” which ran on Televisa in 1986 and 1987 and has subsequently been transmitted to 158 countries. The skein, which told of the Larios family, led by power-hungry, one-eyed Catalina Creel, attained a 49.9 rating for its finale, June 5, 1987.
In addition to “Cuna,” Olmos wrote 2001’s “Sin pecado concebido” (Unimagined Sin) and 1987’s critically acclaimed “Tal como somos” (Just As We Are).
Olmos won numerous prizes in his lifetime, including the Premio Juan Ruiz, awarded by the Mexican Theater Critics Assn., and the Sor Juana Prize by the Critics and Writers Union. He also was awarded a lifetime creator’s grant by the Mexican government.
His last work, “Despues del terremoto” (After the Earthquake) debuted onstage this year. He was writing a remake of “Cuna de lobos” as well as a bigscreen adaptation of Rafael Ramirez Heredia’s novel “Con M de Marilyn,” at the time of his death.
He is survived by his mother and his sister.