Vivo Por Elena (I live for Elena) is a Mexican telenovela starring Victoria Ruffo and Saul Lisazo with the antagonic roles of Ana Patricia Rojo and Sebastian Ligarde. The telenovela aired on Univision in 1998. The theme song for the telenovela was Vivo Por Ella, sung by Andrea Bocelli with a duet by Marta Sanchez. The telenovela has been repeated several times on different channels since its original airing.
Elena (Ruffo) is a poor young woman who while attending university to gain a degree in psychology, meets a rich young man named Ernesto (Sebastian Ligarde) whose only goal is to be with as many women as possible, through deception and on more than one occasion, drugs. After this Elena refuses to see Ernesto again, and swears off ever falling in love again because she believes herself to be damaged because of Ernesto.
Elena then focuses solely on her education and graduating so that she can work and help support her two sisters, Chelo (Cecilia Gabriela) and Talita (Anahi). Chelo is her older sister who was forced to work in a cabaret to support her two younger sisters, Elena and Talita.
After graduating she goes to interview at the house of the judge Juan Alberto Montiel (Saul Lisazo) for the position of particular tutor for Juan Alberto's son who in the absence of his mother Silvia (Rojo) has become unruly and disrespectful. Upon first interviewing she is turned down because Juan Alberto believes her too young and inexperienced to properly care for his son. Juan Alberto's adopted mother is Rebeca (Julieta Bracho), who coincidentally is the mother of Ernesto, and therefore Ernesto and Juan Alberto are like brothers in the sense that they grew up together. Rebeca believing that Juanito (Imanol), Juan Alberto's son, has been too unruly goes to Elena's house to ask her to take the job because no one else has been interested.
Elena arrives at the big house and almost immediately has a profound effect on Juanito and little by little Juan Alberto begins to see a change in his son and realizes that it's all thanks to Elena. Slowly the two, Elena and Juan Alberto, begin to fall in love and as in usual telenovela style there are a whole host of characters that seem adamant in ensuring that the two will not be happy together.
- Victoria Ruffo - Elena
- Saúl Lisazo - Juan Alberto Montiel
- Ana Patricia Rojo - Sylvia Fonseca de Montiel / Raquel Cabbanas
- Sebastián Ligarde - Ernesto de los Monteros
- Arturo Peniche - Héctor Rubalcava
- Sergio Corona - Don Fermín de los Reyes de Tizayuca
- Leonorilda Ochoa - Aurora
- Cecilia Gabriela - Consuelo "Chelo" Carvajal
- Julieta Bracho - Rebecca de de los Monteros
- Patricia Álvarez - Lumara
- Anahí - Natalia "Talita" Carvajal
- Sergio Catalán - Adolfo
- Julián Bravo - Paco Valenzuela
- Maty Huitrón - Simona Pacheco
- Imanol Landeta - Juan "Juanito" Montiel Fonseca
- Carlos Rotzinger - Lic. Gustavo Linares
- Pablo Montero - Luis Pablo Moreno
- José María Torre - Julio
- Manuel Landeta - Hugo Milanés
- Kelchie Arizmendi - Francisca "Panchita"
- Carlos Espejel - Oscar Moreno
- Alejandra Procuna - Ely
- Giorgio Palacios - Lalo
- Kristoff - El Pecas
- Gerardo Gallardo - The Toad
- Luis de Icaza - Demetrio Rojo
- Anel - Jenny
- Jean Duverger - El Güero
- Ofelia Guilmáin - Luz María Villalpando "Doña Luz"
- Lucía Guilmáin - Enedina Pancardo
- Lucila Mariscal - Gardenia
- Miguel Garza - Sergio
- Serrana - Yolanda
- Claudia Silva - Jimena
- Adriana Lavat - Adriana
- Tony Flores - Bertoldo
- Adriana Barraza - Hilda "La Machín"
- Alejandra Meyer - Mrs. Garay: Jail's Director
- Yadira Santana - Raysa Martín
- Mónica Prado - Berta
- Héctor Cruz - Roque
- Tania Prado - Noemí
- Pablo Cheng - Poli
- Erika Monarrez - Casimira
- Jessica Segura - Marta
- Ernesto Valenzuela - Larry
- Juan José Origel - El Panameño
- Francis and her Show - Francisco García Escalante
- Luz María Aguilar - Abril
- Hilda Aguirre - Érica Barragán Montes de Oca
- Paco Ibáñez - Ausencio
- Niurka - Mirta "La Cubana"
- Constantino Costas - Dr. Justo Cansino
- José Antonio Ferral - Cenovio
- Anthony Álvarez - Leandro
- Sergio Jiménez