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Katy Jurado (January 16, 1924 – July 5, 2002), born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Guadalajara, Jaliscomarker, was the first Mexicanmarker National actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Early Life

María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García born in Guadalajaramarker, Méxicomarker into a wealthy family. Her father was descended from Spaniards from Andalucíamarker; Katy inherited the Gypsy features of her grandfather. She moved with her family to Mexico Citymarker in 1927. She studied journalism before marrying Mexican actor Victor Velázquez, whom she divorced in 1943. While working as a journalist, she caught the attention of director Emilio Fernandez, who offered her a role in the film La Isla de la Pasión. But Katy declined the invitation.


She began acting in Mexican films starting after her divorce in 1943, with the movie No matarás. In 1945, she had her first success with the film Balajú. In 1948, her performance in Nosotros Los Pobres, opposite the well-known Mexican actor Pedro Infante, brought her fame.
She subsequently appeared in many Hollywood movies (following in the path of Dolores del Río and Lupe Vélez), starting with The Bullfighter and the Lady, being discovered by John Wayne. In 1952, she starred in High Noon (earning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress). In the same year, she starred in the Luis Buñuel's box-office success El Bruto. During the fifties and sixties, she participated in several Hollywood productions such as Arrowhead, Broken Lance (for which she received an Academy Award nomination), The Racers, Trial, Trapeze, The Badlanders, One Eyed Jacks, Barabbas, Stay Away, Joe (opposite Elvis Presley), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Children of Sanchez, and Under the Volcano. In 1958 she starred in Broadwaymarker in the Tennessee Williams play The Red Devil Battery Sign, with Anthony Quinn and Claire Bloom. Her last film performance was in the Mexican film Un Secreto de Esperanza. She also co-starred in the short-lived television series a.k.a. Pablo.

She was the first Mexican and the first Latina nominated for an Academy Award. Only two other Mexican actresses have been nominated: Salma Hayek as Best Actress in 2002 for Frida and Adriana Barraza as Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for Babel.

Personal life

Jurado was married twice, first to Mexican actor Víctor Velázquez, with whom she had two children, and later to actor Ernest Borgnine. She had a long friendship with the actor Marlon Brando for the rest of her life. "Marlon asked me to marry many times, but for me my children were first," she said . "Our friendship pact was sealed with a Xiu ritual for the rest of our lives".

She died of a heart attack in 2002, at the age of 78 in Cuernavaca, Morelosmarker, Mexico.

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