Katy Jurado is a Mexican icon. An inspiration to Latinx artists everywhere. Today, on what would have been her 94th birthday, Google is honoring her with a Google Doodle, to educate millions about this groundbreaking actress. The drawing featured today is an animated depiction of Katy looking like a Spanish goddess. Her eyes, however, are the most remarkable of all — and a trait that made her one of the most distinctive actors in history.
Katy was the first actresses to win an Academy Award in 1954. She won an Oscar for her supporting role in Broken Lance. She was also the first Mexican actresses to win a Golden Globe for her role in High Noon. According to Billboard “Only two other Mexican actresses, Salma Hayek and Adriana Barraza, have been nominated for Academy Awards since Jurado’s nod for Broken Lance.”
Billboard also listed some fascinating facts about this historic entertainer.
“1. Jurado was the first Latin American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, and the first Latin American actress to win a Golden Globe, for her supporting role in “High Noon.”
2. Only two other Mexican actresses, Salma Hayek and Adriana Barraza, have been nominated for Academy Awards since Jurado’s nod for “Broken Lance.”
3. Jurado also worked as a bullfight critic and was at a bullfight when John Wayne and director Budd Boetticher saw her for the first time. Boetticher would cast her in his 1951 film “Bullfighter and the Lady.”
4. Jurado was accused of being a communist during the McCarthy era.
5. Jurado worked alongside cinema greats, including Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Anthony Quinn and Marlon Brando.
6. Jurado’s second husband was actor Ernest Borgnine.
7. Jurado once said her true love was Western novelist Louis L’amour.”
Another incredible fun fact about Katy, is that her family once owned the land that is now Texas. Wow! Of course they lost it after the Mexican revolution.
So amazing! And we love Google for putting Mexican legends on such a major platform.
Katy died in 2002, the same year she released her last film.