Katy Jurado was born Maria Christina Jurado Garcia into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family’s lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of the family, her grandmother, continued to live by her aristocratic ideals. 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. To get around the ban, Katy slipped from the grasp of her family’s control by marrying the actor Víctor Velázquez.
Jurado eventually made her debut in No matarás (1943) during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Blessed with a stunning beauty and an assertive personality, Jurado specialized in playing determined women in a wide variety of films in Mexico and the United States. Jurado’s looks were evocative of the indigenous… read more