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Katy Jurado

Mexican actress

Katy Jurado is ...


Born 16 January 1924 in Guadalajara
Died 5 July 2002 in Cuernavaca
Age 78 years, 6 months
Cause kidney failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Mexico
Manner of death natural causes
Spouse Ernest Borgnine
Occupation actor, journalist, critic, television actor, film actor and stage actor
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Ariel Award for Best Actress and Ariel Award for Best Actress
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Ariel Award for Best Actress and Golden Ariel

About Katy Jurado

Katy Jurado: The Trailblazing Mexican Actress Who Conquered Hollywood

Katy Jurado was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood during the 1950s and 1960s. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1924, she was the first Mexican actress to make it big in Hollywood, paving the way for other Latinx actors to follow in her footsteps.

Jurado began her career in Mexico, starring in a number of films before being discovered by American director Budd Boetticher. He cast her in the 1952 film "Bullfighter and the Lady," which led to her breakthrough role in the classic western "High Noon" (1952). Her performance as Helen Ramirez, the ex-girlfriend of Gary Cooper's character, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Mexican actress to receive such an honor.

Jurado went on to star in a number of Hollywood films, including "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961) with Marlon Brando and "The Badlanders" (1958) with Alan Ladd. She also worked with acclaimed directors such as John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, and Luis Buñuel.

Despite her success in Hollywood, Jurado never forgot her roots. She continued to work in Mexican cinema throughout her career, starring in films such as "Nosotros los Pobres" (1948) and "El Bruto" (1953). She also became an advocate for Latinx representation in Hollywood, speaking out against stereotypes and fighting for more complex roles for Latinx actors.

Jurado's impact on Hollywood and Latinx representation cannot be overstated. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for future generations of Latinx actors, and her legacy continues to inspire and influence today.


- "Katy Jurado: Hollywood's First Mexican Star." NPR, 2013.

- "Katy Jurado: The Mexican Spitfire Who Blazed a Trail in Hollywood." The Guardian, 2017.

- "Katy Jurado: The Actress Who Broke Barriers for Latinas in Hollywood." NBC News, 2018.

About Death

Towards the end of her life, Jurado suffered from heart and lung ailments. She died of kidney failure and pulmonary disease on July 5, 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. She was survived by her daughter.

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