She was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García in Mexico. Her family barred her from acting, so she secretly signed her first contract. The artist achieved stardom in Mexican and American cinema. Her film credits include "High Noon" and "The Racer." She was the first Mexican American actress to be nominated for an Oscar. In 1994, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She died of kidney failure in 2002 at age 78.

Google honors Mexican film actress Katy Jurado with doodle

Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Katy Jurado, a famed Mexican entertainer.

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The search engine site, which sometimes uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the artist to celebrate her on what would have been her 94th birthday.

Born Maria Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado Garcia in Mexico in 1924, she was raised by a family of politicians and musicians. Gravitating to the arts at a young age, she was invited by producers and filmmakers as a teen to begin acting. While her parents prevented her from doing so, she secretly signed a contract. 

Her career in Mexico soon took off in the 1940s with films including “No Matarás” and “Nosotros Los Pobres”. Her first Hollywood movie was “Bullfighter and the Lady” in 1951, and a year later, she appeared in the western classic “High Noon,” which earned her a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actress. 

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Among many other accolades, she was the first Mexican American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1955. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. She became famous for initially portraying “femme fatale” roles and later “nuanced portrayals of complicated women characters,” Google wrote.

“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 Latinx actresses in Hollywood today,” the search engine site said. 

Throughout her life, she worked in more than 70 flicks until 2002. On July 5, 2002, she died of kidney failure and pulmonary disease in her home in Mexico.

And today, Google is paying tribute. Check out the doodle archive  to see her animated doodle.

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