Google Doodle honors actress Katy Jurado, who became famous for portraying female fatalities in Mexican cinema and other complex women in Hollywood. Today would have been her 94th birthday.
She is best known for playing Helen Ramirez in "High Noon" (1952) and winning a Golden Globe for best supporting actress.
María Cristina Estela was born Marcela Jurado García, began her career during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the early 1940s, often playing wicked and seductive women. While working as a columnist for a Hollywood movie, she was discovered by actor John Wayne and filmmaker Budd Boetticher, who chose her in "Torero y la Dama" (1951). She knew little English at that time, according to Google, but she memorized her lines expertly and delivered them based on how the words sounded.
Jurado helped open the door to other Mexican and Latin actresses in Hollywood with his captivating and passionate personality. She proved that she could play a wide range of complex women on the screen, not just the femme fatale roles that began in her career. Although successful in the United States, she continued to perform in Mexican productions throughout the 1950s.
Katy Jurado continued acting until her death at the age of 78 in 2002. She was married to actor Ernest Borgnine during a short period and was linked to actor Marlon Brando for many years. She also won three Silver Ariel Awards in Mexico and was nominated for an Academy Award.
The Google Doodle represents Jury on a background inspired by "High Noon" and the city where he was born, Guadalajara, Mexico, nicknamed the "city" of roses. "