Katy Jurado’s 94th Birthday
Initially brought to fame by playing “femme fatale” characters, Katy #Jurado
Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García) achieved stardom in both #Mexican #cinema
through her nuanced portrayals of complicated women.
As a teenager, Jurado was barred from acting by her family, but she was so determined that she signed her first contract in secret. Her career began with several films produced during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, including the successful La vida inútil de Pito Pérez (1943). Cast in her first Hollywood film, Bullfighter and the Lady (1951), Jurado’s limited grasp of English meant she delivered her lines by memorizing the way they sounded. Despite the unconventional approach, her strong performance caught the attention of a well-known Hollywood producer, who cast her in the soon-to-be-classic Western, High Noon (1952). Jurado played the narratively-important character of Helen Ramirez so skillfully that she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Accolades for future performances would include three Silver Ariel Awards and nominations for several #AcademyAwards
Off-screen, Jurado was a tenacious and spirited #woman
who captivated everyone around her. While she was stunningly beautiful, her portrayals transcended the stereotyped, over-sexualized roles written for Mexican women at the time. Her talent at depicting a range of characters helped to expand the parts available to Mexican and other #Latina
actresses in Hollywood today.
by artist Ana Ramirezpays homage to the trailblazing actress by depicting her in a powerful pose against a backdrop inspired by the set of her film High Noon - complete with roses, which symbolize Jurado’s birthplace of #Guadalajara
, nicknamed “the city of #roses
.” #story #Google #acting #latin #mecico #movies