Silver Screen Sirens: Katy Jurado

 

Katy Jurado 1950

Katy Jurado 1950

Katy Jurado, born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García on January 16, 1924 in Mexico City, was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood. Jurado had already established herself as an actress in Mexico in the 1940s when she came to Hollywood, becoming a regular in Western films of the 1950s and 1960s. She worked with many Hollywood legends, including Gary Cooper in “High Noon” (1952), Spencer Tracy in “Broken Lance” (1954), and Marlon Brando in “One-Eyed Jacks” (1961), and such respected directors as Fred Zinnemann (High Noon), Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and John Huston (Under the Volcano). Jurado made seventy-one films during her career. She became the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in 1954’s Broken Lance, and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award. Like many Latin actors, she was typecast to play ethnic roles in American films. By contrast, she had a greater variety of roles in Mexican films. Jurado was one of very few Mexican actresses to succeed in Hollywood. Others are Dolores del Río, Lupe Vélez, and Salma Hayek. Jurado died of kidney failure and pulmonary disease on July 5, 2002, at the age of 78, at her home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. She was buried in Cuernavaca, Mexico, at the Panteón de la Páz cemetery.

 

Katy Jurado

Katy Jurado

 

Katy Jurado and Marlon Brando at an Awards ceremony. ca.1955

Katy Jurado and Marlon Brando at an Awards ceremony. ca.1955

 

Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Gary Cooper, and Grace Kelly from "High Noon" (1952)

Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Gary Cooper, and Grace Kelly from “High Noon” (1952)

 

Alan Ladd, Katy Jurado, and Ernest Borgnine on the set of "The Badlanders" (1958)

Alan Ladd, Katy Jurado, and Ernest Borgnine on the set of “The Badlanders” (1958)

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  1. […] Katy Jurado (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002) was a Mexican and American film, stage and television actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood. Jurado began her acting career in Mexico in 1943 achieving a great popularity, playing villainous “femme fatale” characters. In 1951 she was discovered in Mexico by the filmmaker Budd Boetticher who casts her in his film “The Bullfighter & the Lady”, her first film in Hollywood. Jurado’s quality as an actress and her exotic beauty, attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and she became a regular actress in Western films of the 1950s and 1960s. She worked in many western classics of the time like “High Noon” (1952), “Arrowhead” (1953), “Broken Lance” (1954), “One-Eyed Jacks” (1960), and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (1973). Jurado became the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in 1954’s “Broken Lance” and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award in 1952. Katy Jurado has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to motion pictures. […]

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