She received an honorary doctorate from Fairfield University in 2004.
She is now called Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, and is prioress of Regina Laudis (Queen of Praise) Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
1957 Deb Star.
Suffers from neuropathy, a crippling disease she has had since 1997.
Attended St. Gregory Grammar School in Chicago, Illinois for 8th grade.
(1963-) Dolores Hart left Hollywood for good and became a nun. She entered the strictly cloistered Benedictine Regina Laudis Monastery, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, where she still is today.
As the Rev. Mother Dolores Hart of the Benedictine order, she is prioress of the Roman Catholic abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Connecticut, USA. [November 2004]
Personal Quotes (7)
[on her life before her vocation] It was not a lifelong dream. I did not grow up wanting to be a nun. I wanted to be an actress. If it had ever been suggested I would one day be a nun, it would have been the last thing on my mind. It was a million to one shot I would ever be a nun.
[on her life since becoming a nun] I have struggled with this call to vocation all my life. I can understand why people have doubts, because who understands God? I don't. When you are dealing with something at this level, you are dealing with mystery.
I'd done two movies with Elvis Presley. I'd been around Hollywood for a while - and saw how needlessly competitive and negative it could be. It never held my interest.
(When asked how she could go from kissing Elvis to becoming a nun): How much closer to Heaven can you get?
I just knew that this was what God wanted from me. I never felt I was 'walking away from Hollywood'. I felt I was walking into something more significant and by that, I took Hollywood with me.
[when asked what it was like to kiss Elvis Presley onscreen in Loving You] I think the limit for a screen kiss back then was something like 15 seconds. That one has lasted 40 years.
I adored Hollywood. I didn't leave it because it was a place of sin.