September 16, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16, 2016 – Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., who left a promising Hollywood acting career 50 years ago, will celebrate her golden jubilee as a contemplative Benedictine this weekend at the Church of Jesu Fili Mariae in Bethlehem, Connecticut, where a Mass and celebration in her honor will be held. In 1963, Hart was a famous actress, but she stunned Hollywood, when, after ten highly successful feature films, and at the peak of her career, she entered the Abbey of Regina Laudis, not in order to leave the glamorous world of acting she had dreamed of since childhood, but in order to answer a mysterious call she heard with the “ear of the heart.”
Mother Dolores gives a fascinating account of her life and journey in her memoir, THE EAR OF THE HEART: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, now in its third printing. Hart was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut at 19 years old as Elvis Presley’s sweetheart in Paramount’s “Loving You” in 1957. Hart became an overnight success story, starring with Elvis again in “King Creole” the following year in 1958.