After the success of the Oscar-nominated documentary God Is Bigger Than Elvis about her life, it is no surprise that Mother Dolores Hart has written a book about her life called The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows. I love Dolores Hart and already pre-ordered my copy!

Book description from Amazon:

DHDolores 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 a Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in two television shows, including The Virginian. A new chapter 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 Abbey of Regina Laudis 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.



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  • John Black

    This book would interest me if it is a true biography. What I DON’T want is another celebrity “Life Coach” book, such as those from Raquel Welch and Stefanie Powers. I don’t need celebrities to tell me how to live my life. Tom, I’m sure you’ll blog about her book here, when you’ve had a chance to read it. A true bio would provoke a purchase from me, but not if it’s mainly a religious tract.

    Meanwhile, I just picked up Paul Anka’s new book (in which he mentions LOOK IN ANY WINDOW and GIRLS TOWN), and next week the Sally Kellerman book is due.

    • I hear ya. Midway through Goldie Hawn’s autobiography I tossed it in the waste basket. Nothing on the making of Laugh-In or her movies. Just her view of life and the world. Who cares! I am taking a leap of faith, so to speak, with Mother Dolores based on the jacket cover that has three film stills and the promotional blurb. Fingers crossed. LOL

  • carol carlo

    I have my copy on order…can’t wait for the 7th of May…I find Mother Dolores fascinating and inspirational, am so anxious to read her book….

    • Pre-ordered too. Looking forward to it!

  • carol carlo

    Picked up this book last night, and have not put it down since…Beautifully written…

    • Wonderful to hear. I pre-ordered by copy through Amazon. Hope it comes soon. I actually spoke with Mother Dolores’ co-author who is a really nice fellow. Excited that he interviewed Pamela Tiffin for the book.

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