DEAD: Katy Jurado

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Katy Jurado (aged 78)
Mexican actress

María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theater. Jurado began her acting career in Mexico. She achieved some renown in her country’s cinema during the period known as the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (1940s–1950s). In 1951 she was discovered by American filmmakers in Mexico and began her Hollywood career. She acted in notable Western films of the 1950s and 1960s. An exotic beauty, Jurado specialized in interpretations of complex, stereotyped and sexualized women. Her talent for playing a variety of characters helped pave the way for Mexican actresses in American cinema.She was the first Latin American actress nominated for an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress for her work in Broken Lance (1954), and was the first to win a Golden Globe Award, for her performance in High Noon (1952).

DEATH: Towards the end of her life, Jurado suffered from heart and lung ailments. She died of kidney failureand pulmonary disease on 5 July 2002, at the age of 78, at her home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.She was buried in Cuernavaca at the Panteón de la Paz cemetery.

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