Katy Jurado


Actor
Katy Jurado

About

Also Known As
Maria Christina Estella Marcella Jurado Garcia
Birth Place
Mexico
Born
January 16, 1924
Died
July 05, 2002
Cause of Death
Suffered From Lung And Heart Aliments

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 w...

Family & Companions

Victor Velazquez
Husband
Actor. First husband; father of Jurado's two children.
Ernest Borgnine
Husband
Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1964.

Notes

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

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).

After her 1959 marriage to actor Ernest Borgnine, Jurado curtailed her film work, appearing in only two films, the Marlon Brando-directed Western "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961) and the biblical epic "Barabbas" (1962). After her divorce from Borgnine, the actress resumed her career but now undertook character roles in efforts like "A Covenant With Death" (1967) and NBC TV-movie "Any Second Now" (1969). She lent authenticity to her small role in John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1984) and made her US TV series debut as Paul Rodriguez's mother in the short-lived ABC sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo" (also 1984). Following "The Fearmaker" (1989), Jurado all but disappeared from screens for nearly a decade emerging in a cameo as a fortune teller in "The Hi-Lo Country" and starring opposite Francisco Rabal as leaders of a cult in the Spanish-language comedy drama "El Evangelio de las Maravillas/Divine" (both 1998).

Life Events

1943

Feature acting debut in the Mexican film "No Maturas"

1951

First US film, "The Bullfighter and the Lady"

1952

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

1954

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

1960

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

1961

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

1962

Had featured role in the biblical epic "Barabbas"

1969

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

1971

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

1973

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

1977

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

1981

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

1984

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

1984

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

1989

Last film for nearly a decade, "The Fearmaker"

1998

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

Photo Collections

The Badlanders - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Badlanders (1958), starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine.

Videos

Movie Clip

Broken Lance (1954) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Afraid Of No One But You Well into the flashback of the last days of the late Spencer Tracy (as rancher Matt Devereaux) we meet Katy Jurado, in one of her best roles, as his wife “Señora” Devereaux, in fact of Native American origin, dressing a wound discussing troubles with his older sons and their one shared, in director Edward Dmytryk’s Broken Lance, 1954.
Trial (1955) -- (Movie Clip) This Young Man's Voice Is A Mighty Weapon Glenn Ford as David Blake, law professor who signed on to gain trial experience, and is arguing the case for big time attorney Castle (Arthur Kennedy), grumbling about the publicity operation, which is illustrated with scenes at the LA Shrine Auditorium, with Katy Jurado, Barry Kelley et al, in Trial, 1955, from writer Don Mankiewicz and director Mark Robson.
Trial (1955) -- (Movie Clip) That Meant Me Keep Out! Everybody fighting over young suspect Angel (Rafael Campos) including lawyer Barney (Arthur Kennedy), professor David (Glenn Ford) and mom (Katy Jurado) in an early scene from director Mark Robson's Trial, 1955.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) -- (Movie Clip) This Town Has Got No Hat Size James Coburn (1st title character) is looking for Billy and comes to the town where Slim Pickens, we eventually realize, is the downtrodden sheriff, Katy Jurado his wife, and his prisoner roams mostly free, motivation running low, in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, 1973.
Man From Del Rio, The (1956) -- (Movie Clip) Is The Doc Your Man? Top-billed Anthony Quinn (as gunfighter “Robles”), wounded earlier that morning, now flush and intoxicated in reward for having killed a bad guy, comes to pay off second-billed Katy Jurado, as Estella, the town doctor’s aide, who patched him up on account, in The Man From Del Rio, 1956.
Trapeze (1956) -- (Movie Clip) I Want To Learn Everything Slightly injured but encouraged after training with Tino (Tony Curtis), partner and coach Mike (Burt Lancaster) becomes a target for seductress Lola (Gina Lollobrigida), aiming to get a spot in their act, in Trapeze, 1956.

Trailer

Family

Emilio Portes Gil
Cousin
Politician.
Linda Christian
Cousin
Actor.

Companions

Victor Velazquez
Husband
Actor. First husband; father of Jurado's two children.
Ernest Borgnine
Husband
Actor. Married in 1959; divorced in 1964.

Bibliography

Notes

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