Katy Jurado

Actor, Columnist
A fiery, long-faced, Mexican-born actress with limpid-pool eyes and full thick lips, Katy Jurado is perhaps best recalled for a handful of roles in American films in the 1950s. After making her acting debut in 1943's ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1924 in Mexico

Filmography

Actor (28)

Divine 1998 (Movie)

Mama Dorita (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Meesa (Actor)

The Fearmaker 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lady Blue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Volcano 1984 (Movie)

Dona Gregoria (Actor)

a.k.a. Pablo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

La Viuda de Montiel 1978 (Movie)

Mama Grande (Actor)

The Children of Sanchez 1978 (Movie)

Chata (Actor)

Once Upon a Scoundrel 1972 (Movie)

Aunt Delfina (Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Baker (Actor)

The Bridge in the Jungle 1969 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Stay Away, Joe 1968 (Movie)

Annie Lightcloud (Actor)

A Covenant With Death 1966 (Movie)

Eulalia Lewis (Actor)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

One-Eyed Jacks 1960 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Man From Del Rio 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trapeze 1956 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Trial 1955 (Movie)

Mrs Chavez (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Senora Devereaux (Actor)

The Racers 1954 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Arrowhead 1953 (Movie)

Nita (Actor)

High Noon 1952 (Movie)

Helen Ramirez (Actor)

Bullfighter and the Lady 1950 (Movie)

Chelo Estrada (Actor)

A Little Game (TV Show)

Actor

Any Second Now (TV Show)

Actor

Evita Peron (TV Show)

Actor

Smoky (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Biography

A fiery, long-faced, Mexican-born actress with limpid-pool eyes and full thick lips, Katy Jurado is perhaps best recalled for a handful of roles in American films in the 1950s. After making her acting debut in 1943's "Nos Maturas" in her homeland, she continued to find occasional roles in local productions. To supplement her income, Jurado wrote a column on movies and was on assignment when she landed her first American film role. The actress offered a fine performance as the wife of an aging matador in Budd Boetticher's superior "The Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951). While Hollywood didn't know how to fully exploit her gifts, sometimes hamstringing her in stereotypical roles, Jurado did find the occasional plum. One such role was as the former mistress of Gary Cooper's laconic sheriff in "High Noon" (1952) while another was as Spencer Tracy's dignified but placating wife in "Broken Lance" (1954). The latter earned her a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination. For much of the rest of the decade the versatile Jurado was saddled with less than stellar roles (i.e., the mother of a defendant in the socially-relevant "Trial" 1955) or shone in unchallenging material (e.g., "Trapeze" 1956).

Relationships

Ernest Borgnine Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 31, 1959 Divorced June 3, 196 Died July 8, 2012

Linda Christian Actor

Cousin
Born Nov. 13, 1923

Emilio Gil

Cousin

Victor Velazquez

Husband
first husband father of Jurado's two children

Milestones

1998

Returned to features in a cameo appearances as a fortune teller in "The Hi-Lo Country" and the Spanish-language "Divine"

1989

Last film for nearly a decade, "The Fearmaker"

1984

Portrayed Paul Rodriguez's mother on the short-lived ABC sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo"

1984

Acted in "Under the Volcano", helmed by John Huston

1981

Had featured role in the NBC miniseries "Evita Peron" (NBC); first American network role in a decade

1977

Returned to Mexican films in "El Elegidio" and "Los Albaniles"

1973

Appeared in Sam Peckinpah's Western "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"

1970

Co-starred in the ABC TV-movie "A Little Game"; last American TV dramatic appearance for ten years

1968

Made American network TV-movie debut in "Any Second Now" (NBC)

1962

Had featured role in the biblical epic "Barabbas"

1961

Co-starred in "One-Eyed Jacks", directed by Marlon Brando

1960

Early TV credit, a guest appearance on "The Westerner"

1954

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her turn as Spencer Tracy's wife in "Broken Lance"

1952

Delivered fine performance as Gary Cooper's former mistress in the acclaimed Western "High Noon"

1951

First US film, "The Bullfighter and the Lady"

1942

Feature acting debut in the Mexican film "No Maturas"

Worked as a motion picture columnist for publications in Mexico

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1927 as the year of Ms. Jurado's birth.

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