Mother Dolores Hart, former Hollywood star, current prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis and still an active and voting member of the Academy, will be at the Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte, N.C., to promote her new memoir The Ear of the Heart. The topic of her talk will be “The Ear of the Heart and the Door to Christ.” The Diocese of Charlotte will host Mother at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at the Charlotte Convention Center located at 501 South College Street, Charlotte, N.C.
The sister’s recently released memoir is an account of her life, co-written with her lifelong friend, Richard DeNeut. The book chronicles her successful acting career, alongside such notable Hollywood royalty as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn and Myrna Loy, among others.
Dolores Hart was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut with Presley in Paramount’s 1957 Loving You. She acted in nine more movies (including the faith-themed Francis of Assisi). She also gave a Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in TV shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90.
She stunned Hollywood in 1963, when at the peak of her career, she decided to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. She left the glamorous world of acting that she had dreamed of since childhood in order to answer a mysterious call she heard with the “ear of the heart.” While contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she abandoned everything to become a bride of Christ.
Today Mother Dolores is the prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis where she remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
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