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Dolores Hart: From Elvis' kisser to the kisser of another King, God Almighty

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The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows

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Few Hollywood stars have left tinsel and glamour to dedicate their lives to God. The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, a new biography from Ignatius Press, is just that
story, and it packs a wallop: Laughter, tears hope, and a truly engrossing and thrilling story. Not your average Hollywood story of sin and splendor, that's for sure.
Dolores Hicks was born in Chicago in the fall of 1938, she was, oddly enough, the niece of Mario Lanza. More strangely, considering her vocation, Dolores Hart, as Hollywood renamed her, made her film debut at the age of nine in the censor-troubled Forever Amber. Based on the novel by Kathleen Winsor the book was dubbed Forever Under by wags because of its heavy sexual content.
Hart went on to co-star with Anthony Franciosa, Montgomery Clift, Frances Farmer, John Saxon and some singer from Tupelo, Mississippi ...what was his name? Oh, yes Elvis Presley. Hart co-starred with the King twice, in her first starring role, Loving You, and then King Creole. Yet, in the early '60s, although things were going gangbusters career-wise, Hart sensed something was missing. Not even that the boys were missing.
Another King.
Perhaps co-starring with Bradford Dillman in Francis of Assisi, or really as she relates, it was something that was always there. Finally understanding her vocation, she became a Benedictine Nun, now known as Mother Dolores of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. God truly spoke into the ear of her heart, and as this book will show you, it was a long and amazing journey for a woman who gave Presley his first screen kiss.
Need more prayer and prose? More heart full Hart unfolds in HBO's God is the Bigger Elvis, one of five nominees for Oscar's Best Documentary. The short subject (a mere 35-minutes) examines the same infamous Bible of info---Mother Dolores’s transformation from a Hollywood ingenue, Presley’s first on-screen smooch to her final role as a cloistered Benedictine nun at the abbey for nearly a decade---and much more.
Praise the Lord and pass the old films.

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