Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Google pays tribute to Mexican actress Katy Jurado

Google pays tribute to Mexican actress Katy Jurado

Jurado started her career during Mexican cinema's golden age before transitioning to Hollywood for her first role.

Ms Jurado was "stunningly attractive", as Google's description of their tribute described, but it was also the characters she played that stood out. "When movie star Emilio Fernandez discovered Katy at the age of 16 and wanted to cast her in one of his films, Jurado's grandmother objected to her wish to become a movie actress".

In her honour, Google is changing its logo in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Iceland, Sweden, Croatia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, and Japan.

After her work in Mexican cinema, the stunningly handsome Jurado found an entrance into Hollywood. She won the Mexican film industry's highest prize, the Ariel award, for her role as an unfaithful wife in Luis Bunuel's "El Bruto" (1952).

Jurado helped open the door for other Mexican and Latina actresses in Hollywood with her engaging, passionate personality. Born today in 1924 to wealthy parents in Guadalajara, Mexico, María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, later known at Katy Jurado, spent her career playing "femme fatales" in early Mexican cinema in what is now seen as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. She knew little English at the time, but expertly memorized her lines and delivered them based on how the words sounded. Among the last of her more than 60 roles were in John Huston's "Under the Volcano" (1984), filmed in Cuernavaca, and Stephen Frears's "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998).

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She became a character actress starting in the mid-1960s, appearing in "Stay Away, Joe" (1968) with Elvis Presley, in Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) and several European films. The New York Times described Jurado in her obituary as an actress who played "steely and often unsafe seductresses".

Jurado was the first Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award. "Reportedly not knowing any English, during the shoot of both her early USA films she learnt her lines phonetically, had them explained in Spanish and 'hoped for the best, '" the site reported.

Ex-husband and veteran Hollywood star Ernest Borgnine described Ms Jurado as "beautiful, but a tiger".

The New York Times reports that Jurado also had a career as a writer, penning columns and having a stint as a bullfighting critic.

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