Dolores Hart and Elvis Presley in "King Creole" Globe Photos, Inc.
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.