Thank you again GOOGLE for honoring another beautiful LATINA!
Katy Jurado, a groundbreaking Mexican actress who built a Hollywood career without sacrificing her identity, is the subject of last Tuesday’s Google Doodle on what would have been her 94th birthday.
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.
Born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, she began her career during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the early 1940s, often playing villainous and seductive women. While working as a movie columnist in Hollywood, she was discovered by actor John Wayne and filmmaker Budd Boetticher, who cast her in “Bullfighter and the Lady” (1951). She knew little English at the time, according to Google, but expertly memorized her lines and delivered them based on how the words sounded.
Jurado helped open the door for other Mexican and Latina actresses in Hollywood with her engaging, passionate personality. She proved that she could play a wide range of complex women on screen, not just the femme fatale roles that began her career. Though she found success in the United States, she continued to act in Mexican productions throughout the 1950s.
Katy Jurado is a Mexican icon. An inspiration to Latinx artists everywhere. Yesterday on Jan 16th, on what would have been her 94th birthday, Google is honoring her with a Google Doodle, to educate millions about this groundbreaking actress.
The drawing is an animated depiction of Katy looking like a Spanish goddess. Her eyes, however, are the most remarkable of all — and a trait that made her one of the most distinctive actors in history.
Katy was the first actresses to win an Academy Award in 1954. She won an Oscar for her supporting role in Broken Lance. She was also the first Mexican actresses to win a Golden Globe for her role in High Noon.
According to Billboard “Only two other Mexican actresses, Salma Hayek and Adriana Barraza, have been nominated for Academy Awards since Jurado’s nod for Broken Lance.”
Billboard also listed some fascinating facts about this historic entertainer.
“1. Jurado was the first Latin American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, and the first Latin American actress to win a Golden Globe, for her supporting role in “High Noon.”
2. Only two other Mexican actresses, Salma Hayek and Adriana Barraza, have been nominated for Academy Awards since Jurado’s nod for “Broken Lance.”
3. Jurado also worked as a bullfight critic and was at a bullfight when John Wayne and director Budd Boetticher saw her for the first time. Boetticher would cast her in his 1951 film “Bullfighter and the Lady.”
4. Jurado was accused of being a communist during the McCarthy era.
5. Jurado worked alongside cinema greats, including Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Anthony Quinn and Marlon Brando.
6. Jurado’s second husband was actor Ernest Borgnine.
7. Jurado once said her true love was Western novelist Louis L’amour.”
Another incredible fun fact about Katy, is that her family once owned the land that is now Texas. Wow! Of course they lost it after the Mexican revolution.
So amazing! And we love Google for putting Mexican legends on such a major platform.
Katy died in 2002, the same year she released her last film.