Abel Santa Cruz was one of his native Argentina's most prominent, versatile writers for television, radio and feature films. Before entering the media, the Buenos Aires born-and-raised Santa Cruz graduated at the top of his class from the Faculty of Philosophy & Letters and taught for 10 years. During that decade, he began submitting writings under the penname Dr. Lepido Frias to the humor magazine Patoruzu. Among those writings was a series of stories about the fictional Jacinta Pichimahuida. Later her travails became the basis for a long-running, popular telenovela. Santa Cruz started writing for radio in 1939 and the following year, he broke into feature films, writing or co-writing scripts for at least 84 features before his career's end. His television and radio credits number in the hundreds, while as a playwright, he penned 60 productions. Some of his better-known movies include Violated Love (1966), El Professor Hippie (1969), and Papa Corazon Se Quiere Casar (1974).