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Pioneer, Feminist, Proud Mexican: Katy Jurado Changed Hollywood In The 1950s

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Whether you know Katy Jurado from your Mexican mami calling every one of her friend’s daughter’s “the next Katy Jurado” or from her actual 1940’s Golden Age of Mexican cinema films, Katy Jurado is a Latino household name.

She was stunning and often played the archetype of a villainous “femme fatale” that every Feminism 101 class studies. Above all, she was a pioneer for Latinas everywhere.

Her full name is María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García.

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Born in Guadalajara, to Luis Jurado Ochoa and Vicenta Estela García de la Garza. Luis was an lawyer and Vicenta was a singer. Vicenta’s brother, Katy’s uncle, was famous musician Belisario de Jesús García (think “Las Cuatro Milpas”).

Jurado was a Capricorn.

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She was born on January 16, 1924, and like a true Capricorn, she had major career ambitions. While she went to a school run by Guadalupe nuns, by the time she was a teenager, producers were inviting her to work as an actress.

She signed her first contract without permission from her parents, making her first film when she was 16.

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When her parents found out, they threatened to send her to a boarding school in Monterrey. However, that did not deter her for chasing her dreams.

Her family was so wealthy, they owned most of Texas until the Revolution.

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Her parents’ holdings were confiscated during the Mexican Revolution, and the parental power mostly laid in Jurado’s abuelita.

Think of her as the Silver Screen Veronica Lodge. She was so set on pursuing her career, that she ended up working as a movie columnist and bullfight critic to support herself.

Jurado’s love for bullfighting won over John Wayne himself.

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Her work as a movie columnist and bullfight critic landed her within sight of John Wayne at a bullfight. He immediately cast her in his film Bullfighter and the Lady (1951).

They also briefly dated, va va voom.

After that film, Hollywood wanted her to play alongside Grace Kelly in “High Noon.”

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High Noon is as classic of a Western as you can get. These days, we think of them as an archaic past, but it was filmed in real time. A sheriff retires, but the plot thickens when some outlaws escape jail and come to get him.

She spoke no English and literally just memorized the sounds of the English lines.

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She took English classes two hours a day for two months to begin to understand English for the role.

Caption: “I know the feeling Katy, I know the feeling. #BeingMexicanInTheUSAintEasy”

With that performance, she became the first Latina to win a Golden Globe.

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In the film, she played a saloon owner, Helen Ramírez, an old love interest of star Gary Cooper. Katy Jurado is seen here consoling Cooper’s character’s wife (Grace Kelly), who is abandoning her husband. Ramirez convinces her to stay and fight.

Jurado is best known for breaking stereotypes.

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The New York Times quotes Katy Jurado as being proud of her role on High Noon:

“I am very proud to make this picture because I look and act like a Mexican – not imitation. Some Mexicans go to Hollywood and lose a career in Mexico because they play imitation. I don’t want this to happen to me.”

Instead of being highly sexualized like other Mexican roles, Jurado took on villainous roles.

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The LA Times quotes her as saying, “I didn’t take all the films that were offered, just those with dignity.” Once, she played a Jewish woman in “Barabbas” alongside Anthony Quinn. She told the Associated Press that she wouldn’t play shallow American stereotypes of Mexicans.

She got married when she was 15 years old.

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She was with aspiring actor Victor Velázquez for four years before they divorced. They got married just three months after she signed that secret contract.

In 1959, she married actor Ernest Borgnine.

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The two met on the set of Vera Cruz, which was filmed in Mexico. The two divorced four years later.

He famously described her as “beautiful, but a tiger.”

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According to Laura Arnáiz’ biography of Katy Jurado’s life, Jurado said, “Borgnine and I met by accident when we collided in a dark room when leaving a restaurant. He chased me for two years. What did I do for that this man loves me this way? Our courtship was one of the best periods of my life. We were married soon after, but his jealousy and insecurities turned the marriage into hell.”

Jurado also had an affair with Marlon Brando, who was simultaneously dating Rita Moreno.

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He was also married to Movita Castaneda. After Brando saw her in High Noon, he was smitten and asked her out on a date, which became a years-long affair.

According to Darwin Porter’s biography of Marlon Brando, Brando Unzipped, years later Jurado recalled in an interview, “Marlon called me one night for a date, and I accepted. I knew all about Movita. I knew he had a thing for Rita Moreno. Hell, it was just a date. I didn’t plan to marry him.”

Jurado claims that the love of her life was novelist Louis L’Amour.

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According to El Periodico, Jurado said, “I have letters of love that he wrote to me until the last day of his life, but because of our jobs we could never coincide, he was the man of my life, and I, the woman of his life, should have married that man .. . ”

After her son, Victor Hugo, tragically died in a car accident, she pulled out of acting.

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She went to the funeral one day and the next went back to set. She said she hated the camera during that time as a symbol of what took her away from spending time with her kids while she had them.

Director John Huston invited her to act in Under the Volcano years later, to help pull her out of her depression.

That same year, she played alongside Héctor Elizondo in an ABC family sitcom.

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The most shocking element of this photo is realizing that Elizondo (famous for Princess Diaries) was ever young. The series only lasted six episodes.

In 1954, she became the first Mexican woman to be awarded los claves a NYC.

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She spent most of her life in her home in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, and said that she felt she’d have been more successful in Hollywood if she wasn’t so ready to leave Los Angeles between filming.

Jurado won three Silver Ariel awards and was nominated for an Oscar.

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The Ariels are the Mexican Oscars. She was nomiated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Broken Lance.

This year, Google recognized Katy Jurado with a doodle on her birthday, January 16.

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While today, we might find her villainous seduction problematic, Jurado truly paved the way for more Latin American actresses to make a stake as something more than a sex object. She played women who had more than one side to them, who had motives, a brain, and a willingness to bend social norms to meet their needs.

Jurado died in 2002 at age 78.

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You can find her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and marvel in her incredible performance on High Noon–remembering that she acted out a foreign language phonetically.


READ: 24 Latino Actors Who Didn’t Make It To The Oscars Because They Lived In The Pre-Social Media Age

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16 Latino Celebs People Love To Hate

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16 Latino Celebs People Love To Hate

Even within our own community, there are people that everyone just loves to hate. Sometimes it’s because they rub us the wrong way, while other time it’s because they’re just horrible people. Let’s indulge our dark side today, and talk about some of the Latino celebs that we love to hate.

1. Kat Von D

Instagram @thekatvond

Kat Von D was actually born Katherine von Drachenberg in Montemorelos, Mexico. She’s famous for her work as a TV tattoo artist, first on Miami Ink, then on her own spin-off LA Ink. She’s a famously divisive figure in the tattooing community for her fallout with Miami Ink boss Ami James- several members of the studio claim that she used a racial slur against James after she was fired. She went on to found her own makeup line but ran into trouble again earlier this year when she announced on Instagram that she would not be vaccinating her newborn.

2.- Stacey Dash

Instagram @staceydash

Most people remember Stacey Dash from her starring role in both the movie and the TV version of Clueless. The actress, who is of Bajan, Mexican, and African-American descent, recently pivoted from entertainment into politics. In 2012, she publicly announced her support for the Republican party, and since the rise of Donald Trump has been one of his most outspoken advocates. She was recently hired by Fox News as a ‘cultural analysis’ commentator.

3. Bella Thorne

Instagram @bellathorne

Actress and model Bella Thorne’s Twitter has been blowing up recently after her insensitive comments about the California wildfires were picked up by the media. In her Nov. 1 tweet, she complained that she couldn’t make it to her boyfriend’s show because the 101 Freeway was closed. Actor Rob Lowe picked up the tweet and posted “This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I’m sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker.”

4. Perez Hilton

Instagram @theperezhilton

Gossip blogger Perez Hilton (who was born Mario Armando Lavandiera Jr.) has been posting his hot takes on celeb culture and entertainment since his eponymous website opened in 2004. He’s been criticized for favoring celebrities that he’s personal friends with, like Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga, while simultaneously bullying others.

5. Juan Pablo Galavis

Instagram @juanpagalavis

Although he began his career as a soccer player in Venezuela before moving to Miami FC, Juan Pablo Galavis is most famous for his stint on The Bachelorette, and then The Bachelor. He was eliminated early in Desiree Hartsock’s season but was brought back for season 18 of The Bachelor as the first Latino Bachelor. He quickly fell from favor after he publicly dismissed the idea of a gay bachelor season, saying “I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV.”

6. David Blaine

Instagram @davidblaine

David Blaine is one of the most famous magicians in the world- which explains his presence on this list. Most people think his illusions are simply visual trickery and roll their eyes when he’s quoted saying stuff like: “I saw something very prophetic … a vision of every race, every religion, every age group banding together, and that made all this worthwhile” after one of his endurance stunts.

7. Charlie Sheen

Instagram @charliesheen

In 2010, Charlie Sheen had everything- a stellar movie career, and a lucrative TV gig where he was making $1.8 million per episode of Two and a Half Men. Then, his bad-boy image started taking over his life- he assaulted his wife and was investigated for stalking and threatening his former fiancée. The man who was born Carlos Irwin Estevez has become a parody of himself.

8. Lele Pons

Instagram @lelepons

Lele Pons, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, was for a time the No. 1 Viner in the entire world. She’s spun her popularity into viral fame, become one of the most sought-after influencers on social media. Although she has many devoted fans, tons of people have left her social media channels after stories of her lying about doing charity work broke. She had been bragging about donating her hair to a cancer charity, but it turns out that the hair she was holding in that video was fake.

9. Alex Rodriguez

Instagram @arod

The lovable baseball superstar turned genius investor Alex Rodriguez has managed to make people forget that in 2007, he publicly came forward to tell the world that he had been using steroids for years. If he had admitted it while he was still playing, it would have resulted in the longest non-lifetime suspension in MLB history.

10. Jose Canseco

Instagram @33josecanseco

Another Latino baseball star who disappointed millions of fans by using performance-enhancing drugs is Jose Canseco. He made his confession in spectacular style, publishing a book entitled Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. In the book, he not only confessed to doping himself, but he also called out his teammates that hadn’t yet come forward.

11. Snooki

Instagram @snooki

Nicole Polizzi, who most people know as Snooki, caught the world’s attention as a hard-partying ‘guidette’ on MTV’s Jersey Shore. Although the entire show was about the cast’s Italian heritage, Polizzi (who now goes by her married name, Nicole LaValle), was actually born in Chile and was adopted as an infant by an Italian-American family.

12. J-Woww

Instagram @jwoww

Snooki’s Jersey Shore bestie J-Woww has also admitted to not really being of Italian heritage- she’s actually from a Spanish and Italian family. Regardless of her heritage, she provided six seasons worth of drunken guidette drama on the popular MTV reality show.

13. Lea Michele

Instagram @leamichele

Glee star Lea Michele has her share of haters, but most people are just jealous of her insanely incredible voice. Lea Michele hails from a Sephardic-Jewish background and has been a fixture on Broadway since she was a teenager. Glee was her first major TV role, and she’s since appeared on numerous TV series’, and has released two solo studio albums.

14. Nicole Richie

Instagram @nicolerichie

It’s easy to forget now that she’s grown up and calmed down a bit, but Nicole Richie used to run with a wild socialite crowd. Richie, who has English, Mexican, and Creole ancestry, was first introduced to the world through the 2003 TV series The Simple Life, which took Richie and her BFF Paris Hilton, and dropped the spoiled teens in rural Alabama for a month.

15. Jennifer Lopez

Instagram @jlo

While most people in the world love J-Lo, she has really gone far away from her roots in the south-side Bronx. There’s no one in the world that could mistake her for ‘Jenny from the Block’ now- because they’re definitely too bedazzled by all the rocks that she got.

16. Aubrey Plaza

Instagram @plazadeaubrey
Another actress whose style requires a bit of a leap of faith is Aubrey Plaza, who first caught the world’s attention in Parks and Recreation. Although she’s one of the funniest actresses out there today, not everyone appreciates her dry and sardonic humor. Half-Puerto Rican Plaza’s next appearance will be in a remake of the 1988 horror film Child’s Play. 

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