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Video: Actress-Turned-Nun Dolores Hart Attends the Oscars with HBO Short 'God is the Bigger Elvis'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 1, 2012 at 2:40PM

Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis."
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Dolores Hart and Elvis Presley in "King Creole"
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Academy member Dolores Hart, 73, the Hollywood ingenue who kissed Elvis Presley in "Loving You" and Jim Hutton (Tim's Dad) in "Where the Boys Are," made her first appearance at the Oscars Sunday, accompanying HBO's documentary short nominee "God is the Bigger Elvis." But you wouldn't recognize her as the lithe starlet who left Hollywood almost 50 years ago  at age 24 to find peace and fulfillment in a life devoted to the love of God.

After meeting the Pope and visiting Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethelehem, Connecticut, Hart walked away at the height of her fame to become a cloistered Benedictine nun. She now runs the convent as Mother Prioress Dolores. On the Oscar red carpet, I asked her if being in front of the cameras again was like a moth to flame. "When you are an actress, you are always an actress," she said. "An actor is always looking for the soul of the other person."

“God Is the Bigger Elvis” will premiere on HBO on April 5. More at the NYT and NBC.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.