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Katy Jurado ACTOR


Katy Jurado was born on January 16th, 1924 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico with the birth name Maria Cristina Estella Marcella Jurado de Garcia.  Her family was quite wealthy and as a child she lived in a very financially stable environment until her family's land was taken by the government for redistribution to the landless peasantry.  Luckily, her grandmother was still financially secure and so the family was able to continue living under the means they were used to.
At the age of sixteen, Jurado was discovered by a director in Mexico who wanted to use her in one of his films, however, her grandmother refused to allow her to pursue a career as an actress.  In order to get away from her family controlling her choices, Jurado married another actor, Victor Velázquez.  She soon made her film debit in, " No matarás (1943)".    

From this point on, she continued to get cast in a wide variety of films not only in Mexico but in the United States as well.  She had such a unique looking and stunning beauty that she was highly desired by many directors.  Along with being a film actress, Jurado also worked as a movie columnist, radio reporter and a bull fight critic to help out her family financially.
During a job where she was doing a bull fight, she was spotted by John Wayne and a director, Budd Boetticher who chose to cast her in the film, "Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951) which followed with another role in the film, "The Brute" (1953).
Her big break finally came into the American film industry with a role on, "High Noon" (1952) starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in which she received two Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  The film helped change the way Hollywood viewed Mexican woman actresses and helped open the door for others.  She helped prove that Latin women could be more then just sex symbols in Hollywood.
Two years later, Jurado appeared in the film, "Broken Lance" (1954) starring Spencer Tracy in which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actress.  Many Los Angeles based companies wanted to sign her to contract but she refused as she wanted to continue to be able to choose if there was a film in Mexico she wanted to work on.
As her career continued she appeared in a variety of American films such as, "Arrowhead" (1953), "Man from Del Rio" (1956), "Babados" (1962) and  "The Children of Sanchez" (1978).  She also worked on television on some western themed shows such as, "The Westerner" (1960), "The Virginian" (1962) and "Death Valley Days" (1962).
Jurado also never neglected working on Mexican films during her career.  Some of her most memorable Mexican film roles were in, "Nosotros, los pobres" (1948) and "El evangelio de las Maravillas" (1998) in which she won a Best Supporting Actress Award. 
As her career began to slow down towards the late 60's, she actually tried to commit suicide and then decided to move back home to Mexico for good.  She did sometimes return to America to work in films as a character actress such as on, "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998) but for the most part she remained in her home of Mexico.
Katy Jurado only married twice, first to Victor Velazquez which was mostly just to get her away from her family controlling her, however she did have two children with him.  Her second marriage was to Ernest Borgnine from December 31st, 1959 through June 3rd, 1963. 
In 1981, Jurado was notified that her son, Victor Hugo had been killed in an auto accident in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon.  She was devastated, but continued to work in the industry.  As time progressed, Jurado was beginning to suffer from heart and lung ailments towards the end of her life. On July 5th, 2002, Jurado passed away in Cuernavaca, Morales, Mexico from a heart attack at the age of seventy eight.  She was only survived by her daughter.
She received a variety of honors and awards for all her hard work as a Mexican actress.  She was awarded a Special Golden Ariel for Lifetime Achievement in 1997 and was also honored with a Golden Boot Award by the Motion picture and Television Fund in 1992.  Jurado also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.   


2002 A Beautiful Secret 
1998 The Hi-Lo Country 
1998 El evangelio de las Maravillas
1996 Te sigo amando
1994 Más allá del puente
1985 Lady Blue 
1985 Lady Blue
1984 Under the Volcano 
1984 a.k.a. Pablo
1981 D.F./Distrito Federal 
1981 Seduction 
1981 Evita Peron
1981 Barrio de campeones
1980 Pantaleón y las visitadoras 
1979 La viuda de Montiel 
1979 Tales of the Unexpected 
1978 The Children of Sanchez 
1978 The Recourse to the Method
1977 Baretta
1977 The Chosen One
1976 The Bricklayers 
1974 Once Upon a Scoundrel
1974 Fe, esperanza y caridad
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 
1972 Alias Smith and Jones 
1971 The Fearmaker 
1971 A Little Game
1971 The Bridge in the Jungle
1970 The Virginian 
1970 Faltas a la moral 
1969 Un hombre solo
1969 Any Second Now
1968 La puerta y la mujer del carnicero 
1968 Stay Away, Joe
1967 A Covenant with Death
1966 Smoky 
1963 La bandida
1962 The Eleventh Hour
1962 Death Valley Days
1961 Barabbas 
1961 I briganti italiani 
1961 Y Dios la llamó Tierra 
1961 One-Eyed Jacks 
1960 The Westerner 
1959 The Rifleman
1958 The Badlanders
1957 Dragoon Wells Massacre
1957 Playhouse 90
1956 Man from Del Rio 
1956 Trapeze 
1956 Climax!
1955 Trial 
1955 The Racers
1954 Tehuantepec 
1954 Broken Lance
1953 Arrowhead 
1953 San Antone
1953 The Brute
1953 Sword of Granada
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North
1952 High Noon 
1952 Mujer de medianoche 
1951 Cárcel de mujeres 
1951 Bullfighter and the Lady
1950 El sol sale para todos 
1950 Cabellera blanca 
1949 El seminarista
1949 Prisión de sueños
1949 Hay lugar para... dos
1948 El último chinaco 
1948 Nosotros, los pobres 
1946 Guadalajara pues 
1946 La viuda celosa 
1946 Rosa del Caribe 
1945 El museo del crimen 
1945 Soltera y con gemelos
1945 La sombra de Chucho el Roto 
1945 Bartolo toca la flauta 
1944 Balajú 
1944 La vida inútil de Pito Pérez 
1943 Girls Boarding School 
1943 No matarás


Matinee Classics - One-Eyed Jacks starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Timothy Carey, Elisha Cook, Margarita Cordova and Ray Teal
Matinee Classics - Stay Away, Joe starring Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez, Henry Jones, L.Q. Jones, Quentin Dean, Douglas Henderson and Dick Wilson

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