Katy Jurado grew up in a wealthy family. At the age of 16 years, the famous Mexican actor and director Emilio Fernández wanted to engage in one of his films.
Since her family this would not suffer, she married the actor Victor Velazquez. Her first role in a film they eventually played in 1943. Due to its extraordinary beauty, she was often busy, especially in their Mexican films but also in Hollywood as männerverschlingende seductress.
Her breakthrough in Hollywood she had in 1952 as Helen Ramirez, the former mistress of Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) in the classic Western High Noon by Fred Zinnemann. She was nominated for this role in two categories for the Golden Globe Award and also won the award for best supporting actress.
Her performance in High Noon is considered crucial for the appreciation, have since experienced in Hollywood films, Latin American women. Her acting performance and the great dignity it gave her character, changed the hitherto one-sided picture of the " passionate Mexican ". In 1953, she starred in Luis Buñuel's El Bruto Drama and was awarded the Premio Ariel, the main Mexican film award.
In 1954 she was nominated for her role as Spencer Tracy's wife in The broken lance as the first Mexican actress nominated for an Oscar. Despite their success in the U.S., she signed not as usual at the time a contract with a major Hollywood studios, but went between her roles in Hollywood again returned to their homeland to play along there in Mexican films.
She married in 1959 Ernest Borgnine, from which they again separated in 1961 and divorced in 1964.
She had some appearances in such films as Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Sam Peckinpah and John Huston's Under the Volcano. She also played minor roles alongside Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quinn, Karl Malden and Elvis Presley, but her big time as the star was over.
In Mexico, they took more roles in movies and starred in telenovelas with, wrote for newspapers and worked as Radiokommentatorin. In her home country where she received all film awards, she died at the age of 78 from kidney failure and lung disease.