|Real Name: María Cristina Estela Jurado García||Occupation: Actress|
|Birth Place: Guadalajara, Jalisco,Mexico||Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)|
|Date of Birth: January 16, 1924|
|Died: July 5in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico|
Katy Jurado, (Maria Cristina Estela Jurado Garcia), was a Mexican actress who was born to a wealthy family on January 16, 1924. Her father was a cattle rancher who also owned orange grooves; her mother, a retired orchestra singer, worked as a housewife. However, during the Mexican revolution, their land was confiscated by the federal government and redistributed to the peasants for settlement.
Marriage and children
At a tender age of 16, Katy had already demonstrated her interest in becoming a movie actor. However, her grandmother was objected to the idea. Determined and ready to pursue the career, Jurado married an actor,”Victor Velazquez”, therefore, making the first step towards becoming an actress. Together with Victor, they had two children – a boy and a girl (Victor Hugo Velazquez and Sandra Velazquez).
One unique feature that set apart Jurado from other actresses was her unique style of capturing the audience’s attention across Mexico and even in the US.
While in the US, she further distinguished herself as being among the first Latina actress to have achieved success in Hollywood – America’s largest TV series and movie producer. Among the most notable films she was featured in include; El-bruto (1952), High Noon (1952), Broken Lance (1954), and One-Eyed Jacks(1961).
Besides being exceptionally talented in acting, Jurado was also gifted with stunning natural beauty, a factor that had a positive impact on her acting career, especially when she first made her debut in No mataras in 1943.
Surprisingly, Katy Jurado’s talent extended beyond just acting. For instance, she also worked as a writer for Mexican newspapers and a radio commentator to support her family. Her writing work entailed; writing features, reviews, and working as a bullfight critic.
Katy Jurado’s acting career came along with many benefits beyond what one may expect. She, for instance, gained mass recognition across Mexico, America, and even Europe. During her career, she was able to gain a number of achievements.
Upon her first signing to appear in Internado Para Senoritas, directed by Gilberto Martinez Solarez, Katy won an Ariel – Mexico’s Oscars.
But this was not her only achievement. Others include; winning top Mexican award after performing in Luis Bunuel’s El Bruto (1952), winning the best-supporting actress in Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(1953), winning award for Best Supporting Actress(1954)(1999), winning Golden Boot award (1992),and making her country proud through her priceless effort to bring great impact in the U.S film industry.
Towards the end of her life, Katy Jurado suffered from a heart attack and lung complications that claimed her life on July 5, 2002, at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She died aged 78.