Oscar Actors: Jurado, Kathy

Katy Jurado (ne María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado Garcia) was born on January 16, 1924; she died July 5, 2002.

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 Hollywood’s greatest stars. including Gary Cooper in High Noon, Spencer Tracy in Broken Lance, and Marlon Brando in One-Eyed Jacks, and for 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 a Best Supporting Actress Oscar 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, unlike the variety she displayed in in Mexican films, in which she sometimes she also sang and danced.

One of few Mexican actresses to have a successful career in Hollywood, she joined the company of Dolores del Río and Lupe Vélez, and paved the way for Salma Hayek.