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The Ear of the Heart : An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows
by Dolores Hart and Richard Deneut


Overview - Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life, with co-author and life-long friend, Richard DeNeut.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Dolores Hart stunned Hollywood in 1963, when after ten highly successful feature films, she chose to enter a contemplative monastery. Now, fifty years later, Mother Dolores gives this fascinating account of her life, with co-author and life-long friend, Richard DeNeut.

Dolores was a bright and beautiful college student when she made her film debut with Elvis Presley in Paramount's 1957 Loving You. She acted in nine more movies with other big stars such as Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn and Myrna Loy. She also gave an award-winning performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in two television shows, including The Virginian. A turning point in her life occurred while playing Saint Clare in the movie Francis of Assisi, which was filmed on location in Italy.

Born Dolores Hicks to a complicated and colorful Chicago family, Mother Hart has travelled a charmed yet challenging road in her journey toward God, serenity and, yes, love. She entered the Regina Laudis Abbey in Bethlehem, Conn., at the peak of her career, not in order to leave the glamorous world of acting she had dreamed of since childhood, but in order to answer a mysterious summons she heard with the "ear of the heart." While contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she gave up everything to become a bride of Christ. Lavishly illustrated with many photos.

"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart."-- Saint Benedict

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781586177478
  • ISBN-10: 1586177478
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 457


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-05-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Many young women dream of being Hollywood starlets, so it seems unlikely if not downright bizarre for a famous actress to step out of the limelight and enter a cloistered convent. In this amazing tale, former actress and now Benedictine nun Hart and former Hollywood publicist DeNeut detail the glory days of the Hollywood scene when stars like Anthony Quinn, George Peppard, and Gary Cooper were all the rage. An on-screen kiss with Elvis Presley helped catapult Hart into stardom and allowed her to work alongside some of the biggest film stars of all time. She portrayed St. Clare in a film about the life of Francis of Assisi, and while shooting on location she began seriously contemplating a different style of life. While several of the anecdotes are entertaining, the narrative style is choppy, with the two authors trading paragraphs with little transition. Still, it is fascinating to get an insider glimpse into the life of a movie star and a cloistered nun, especially since these perspectives come from the same person. Many will question Hart's decision to walk away from such a glamorous life with great potential, but her vivaciousness and contentment shines through; she is doing what she was meant to do. Readers may find themselves reflecting on their own vocations. (Mar.)

 
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