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|Also Known As:||Maria Christina Estella Marcella Jurado Garcia||Died:||July 5, 2002|
|Born:||January 16, 1924||Cause of Death:||Suffered from lung and heart aliments|
|Birth Place:||Mexico||Profession:||Cast ... 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 "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).
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