Google doodle today celebrated the remarkable career of trailblazing Mexican actress Katy Jurado, on what would have been her 94th birthday. Katy Jurado’s pioneering success, helped pave the way for Mexican and other Latino women in Hollywood.
Jurado was the first Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. She won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Helen Ramirez in the 1952 film High Noon, which also starred Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper. She also won several Silver Ariel Awards, the highest honor in Mexican cinema.
She was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to a wealthy family. Despite the disapproval of her family, Jurado decided to pursue a career as an actress.
Katy acted in both American and Mexican films. She often played villainous and seductive women. She played her first “femme fatale” in the Mexican film No matarás. She was discovered in 1951 by filmmaker Budd Boetticher.
She became known for playing the “femme fatale” in movies and appeared in more than 16 movies in Mexico before she was cast in her first Hollywood film, Bullfighter and the Lady, in 1951.
Her strong performance in the film, Bullfighter and the Lady, led to her role in the Western classic High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, for which she would become the first Latin American actress to win a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. In 1955, she became the first Latin American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in the movie, Broken Lance.
Over the course of her career, Jurado made over 70 films. She died on July 5, 2002 at the age of 78.