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Katy Jurado
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María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García

(1924-01-16)16 January 1924
Died 5 July 2002(2002-07-05) (aged 78)
Resting place Panteon de La Paz, Cuernavaca
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–2002
Víctor Velázquez
(m. 1939; div. 1943)

(m. 1959; div. 1963)
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María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican film, stage, and television actress, she made 71 movies in her time. Jurado began her acting career in Mexico in 1943. From the 1940s through the early 1960s, the era called the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Jurado played villainous "femme fatale" characters in Mexican films.

In 1951 she was discovered in Mexico by the filmmaker Budd Boetticher and began her Hollywood career in the film The Bullfighter and the Lady. She acted in Western films of the 1950s and 1960s, including High Noon (1952), Arrowhead (1953), Broken Lance (1954), One-Eyed Jacks (1961), and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973).

She was the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in Broken Lance, and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award for her performance in High Noon.

Personal life

Katy Jurado's star on the Paseo de las Estrellas, Mexico

Jurado's first husband was the Mexican actor Victor Velázquez. Marlon Brando was smitten with Jurado after seeing her in High Noon. They met when Brando was filming in Mexico Viva Zapata!.

During the filming of the movie Vera Cruz in México, Jurado met the American actor Ernest Borgnine, who became her second husband on December 31, 1959. Jurado and Borgnine divorced in 1963.

Jurado had a romantic relationship with the western novelist Louis L'Amour. She also maintained a relationship with John Wayne.

Jurado maintained close friendships with stars such as Burt Lancaster, Sam Peckinpah, Frank Sinatra, Alan Ladd, and Sammy Davis Jr.. In 1998, the Mexican composer Juan Gabriel dedicated a song to Jurado called Que re'chula es Katy (What a beauty is Katy).

In 1968, she moved back to Mexico permanently and established residence in the city of Cuernavaca.

Death and legacy

Star of Katy Jurado in the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Star of Katy Jurado in the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Towards the end of her life, Jurado suffered from heart and lung ailments. She died of kidney failure and pulmonary disease on 5 July 2002, at the age of 78, at her home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. She was buried in Cuernavaca at the Panteón de la Paz cemetery.

Jurado has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to motion pictures.

She was honored with a Google Doodle on January 16, 2018.

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