Katy Jurado

Highest Rated: 96% High Noon (1952)
Lowest Rated: 53% One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Birthday: Jan 16, 1924
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
A leading lady of Mexican cinema, Katy Jurado also found fame in Hollywood in the 1950s as a sultry supporting actress in such films as High Noon (1952) and Broken Lance (1954). Rather than abandoning her native country, however, Jurado remained a star of Mexican film as well as an esteemed character actress north and south of the border until she retired from movies in 1998.Born into a wealthy family, Jurado spent her early childhood in luxury until the family's lands were confiscated during the revolution. Nevertheless, her domineering grandmother continued to adhere to "aristocratic ideals," including staunch disapproval of Jurado's desire to become an actress after director Emilio Fernandez discovered her at age 16. Marrying actor/writer Victor Velazquez to escape her family's control, Jurado made her movie debut in No Maturas (1943). The talented sloe-eyed beauty quickly made her mark in the Mexican movie industry, winning three Ariels (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar), including one for Luis Buñuel's El Bruto (1952). A divorced mother of two by her twenties, Jurado worked as a radio reporter, bullfight critic, and movie columnist between acting jobs to support her family. Spotted by Budd Boetticher and John Wayne at a bullfight, Jurado was subsequently cast in her first American film while on a trip to Hollywood, Boetticher's matador drama The Bullfighter and the Lady (1951). Though her English was still limited, and she learned her lines phonetically, Jurado garnered great critical acclaim for her second Hollywood picture, High Noon (1952). As upstanding marshal Gary Cooper's fiery ex-girlfriend, Jurado unforgettably locked horns onscreen with Cooper's prim bride Grace Kelly, and won a Golden Globe award.Refusing to be pigeonholed by signing a Hollywood studio contract, Jurado went home to Mexico between American roles, and continued to star in such Mexican fare as melodrama Nosotros Los Pobres (1957) during the 1950s. Nevertheless, she was still a frequent presence in Hollywood movies, particularly in Westerns. Jurado earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her performance as cattle baron Spencer Tracy's Indian wife in Broken Lance (1954) -- and lived up to her sexy image when she noted on the red carpet that her underwear was the same color as her crimson Oscar gown. She also appeared in Man From Del Rio (1956), Marlon Brando's One-Eyed Jacks (1960), courtroom drama The Trial (1955), and Burt Lancaster's circus extravaganza Trapeze (1955). Jurado's life became Hollywood tabloid fodder when her relationship with her Badlanders (1958) co-star Ernest Borgnine blossomed into a brief, rocky marriage. Married in 1959, Jurado had separated and reconciled with Borgnine amid accusations of spousal abuse by 1961; after wrangling over alimony, the divorce became final in 1964. Having moved to the U.S. to be with Borgnine, Jurado acted less often during the 1960s, including roles in the glossy Barabbas (1961), the Spanish film Un Hombre Solo (1964), the TV Western series Death Valley Days (1964), and the Elvis Presley flick Stay Away, Joe (1968). After attempting suicide in 1968, Jurado moved back home to Mexico for good.Although she worked occasionally in American films shot in Mexico, including co-starring with John Huston in The Bridge in the Jungle (1970) and a supporting role Sam Peckinpah's Western elegy Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Jurado focused on Mexican movies, including El Elegido (1977) and Arturo Ripstein's La Seducción (1980), aging gracefully into a prominent character actress. After appearing alongside her former mentor Fernandez in Huston's somber drama Under the Volcano (1984), Jurado began to work behind the scenes in the Mexican industry, promoting her home state of Morelos to filmmakers. Even as she started garnering career laurels from the Santa Fe Western Festival in 1981 and the Mexican Film Promotion Trust in 1992, Jurado remained active, albeit infrequently, onscreen. After winning a

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Un secreto de Esperanza (A Beautiful Secret) Esperanza 2005
54% The Hi-Lo Country Meesa 1998
No Score Yet El evangelio de las Maravillas Actor 1998
No Score Yet Divine Mama Dorita 1998
No Score Yet Te Sigo Amando Actor 1996
No Score Yet Grace Kelly: An American Princess Actor 1987
71% Under the Volcano Senora Gregoria 1984
No Score Yet La Seducción Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Children of Sanchez Chata 1978
No Score Yet Los Albaniles Actor 1976
No Score Yet Once upon a Scoundrel Aunt Delfina 1974
No Score Yet Fe, Esperanza Y Caridad Actor 1974
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Mrs. Baker 1973
No Score Yet Rancho del miedo (The Fearmaker) (Violent Rage) Actor 1971
No Score Yet House of Fear Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Bridge in the Jungle Angela, Witch 1970
No Score Yet Stay Away, Joe Annie Lightcloud 1968
No Score Yet Smoky Maria 1966
No Score Yet A Covenant with Death Eulalia Lewis 1966
89% Barabbas Sara 1961
53% One-Eyed Jacks Maria Longworth 1961
No Score Yet The Brigand Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Badlanders Anita 1958
No Score Yet Dragoon Wells Massacre Mara Fay 1957
No Score Yet Man from Del Rio Estella 1956
67% Trapeze Rosa 1956
No Score Yet Trial Consuela Chavez 1955
No Score Yet The Racers Maria 1955
88% Broken Lance Senora Devereaux 1954
No Score Yet Arrowhead Nita 1953
88% El Bruto (The Brute) Paloma 1953
96% High Noon Helen Ramirez 1952
No Score Yet The Bullfighter and the Lady Chelo Estrada 1951
No Score Yet We the Poor (Nosotros, los pobres) Actor 1948
No Score Yet Ultimo Chinaco Actor 1948
No Score Yet Sombra De Chucho El Roto Actor 1945


No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected