Dolores Hart starred in 10 Hollywood Films from 1957 to 1963, including Where the Boys Are, and two Elvis Presley movies, Loving You and King Creole, but in 1963, after filming Francis of Assisi, the actress turned her back on her acting career for a bigger calling: She entered a convent.
In 1970, she took her final vows to become a Benedictine nun. Today, she’s Mother Prioress at the Convent of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem Connecticut.
Monday night, the 73-year-old nun, the only nun to be a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, returned to Hollywood to attend the 84th annual Academy Awards. She was the subject of the Oscar nominated documentary God Is the Bigger Elvis, which explored her decision to forsake acting in lieu of a life dedicated to God.
God Is the Bigger Elvis lost the Oscar to the Pakistani film Saving Face.