Written by Jack Garner, Featured Writer, Democrat & Chronicle
Dolores Hart was a young actress of the 1950s who projected a certain clean-cut goodness. It made her the perfect counterpoint to the bad-boy aspects of Elvis Presley’s persona in two early efforts, Loving You and Presley’s best film, King Creole.
Apparently, that goodness she projected wasn’t a trick; today Dolores Hart is Mother Prioress Dolores Hart of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Conn.
Though true to her vows for nearly a half century, Hart retains her interest in Hollywood enough to view Academy screeners so she can vote for Oscar choices.
She is the only nun to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
And, Mother Dolores even attended the Oscars this year, for her story has been told in an Oscar-nominated documentary short, God Is the Bigger Elvis. Though it didn’t win, the fascinating, 37-minute film is being shown on HBO, starting at 8 p.m. Thursday (April 5), with several repeats to follow.
Source: Democrat & Chronicle