by Cathy P. Ross
May 3, 2013
02:34 PM
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From Hollywood to Holy Vows

 
From Hollywood to Holy Vows

The Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem hosts a book launch for its Prioress, Mother Dolores Hart's highly anticipated autobiography, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, (Ignatius Press) on Sunday, May 5 at its Jubilee Barn from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

 

Mother Dolores (with the help of co-author and lifelong friend, Richard DeNeut) presents a candid account of a half-century journey that took her from movie starlet to cloistered nun. The book also includes a fascinating collection of personal photographs through the years.

 

Dolores Hart was a beautiful 19-year-old actress who became an overnight sensation for her role as Elvis Presley’s girlfriend in Loving You in 1957. She co-starred with Elvis again in King Creole the next year, before moving on to Broadway in a starring role in The Pleasure of His Company, for which she won a Tony nomination for featured actress.

 

And more hit movies followed; including classic beach flick Where the Boys Are, Lisa, the story of a young Holocaust survivor, and the prophetic St. Francis of Assisi, in which she portrayed Clare, a woman who gives up everything to follow Saint Francis and starts the Order of Poor Clares. But in 1963, after starring with Hugh O’Brian in Come Fly with Me, she stunned the world by leaving Hollywood for Bethlehem, and entered into the monastic life at the Abbey of Regina Laudis for good. "I never felt I was 'walking away from Hollywood'" she states on the Abbey’s website. "I felt I was walking into something more significant and by that, I took Hollywood with me." Her mission now is to help other young people find their spiritual calling through the arts.

 

Mother Dolores remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and even attended the 2012 awards ceremony when the HBO documentary about her life God is the Bigger Elvis was nominated for an Oscar for Short Documentary.

 

Mother Dolores will meet guests and sign books from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the Abbey’s Monastic Shop.

 

The Abbey of Regina Laudis is located at 273 Flanders Road, Bethlehem, CT 06751. For further information, visit abbeyofreginalaudis.org.

 

From Hollywood to Holy Vows

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