Dolores del Rio: Beauty in Light and Shade

Dolores del Rio: Beauty in Light and Shade

by Linda Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804784078

ISBN-13: 9780804784078

Pub. Date: 01/09/2013

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Dolores del Río's enormously successful career in Hollywood, in Mexico, and internationally illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, and gender through the lenses of beauty and celebrity. She and her husband left Mexico in 1925, as both their well-to-do families suffered from the economic downturn that followed the Mexican Revolution. Far from being stigmatized

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Dolores del Río's enormously successful career in Hollywood, in Mexico, and internationally illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, and gender through the lenses of beauty and celebrity. She and her husband left Mexico in 1925, as both their well-to-do families suffered from the economic downturn that followed the Mexican Revolution. Far from being stigmatized as a woman of color, this Mexican star was acknowledged as the epitome of beauty in the Hollywood of the 1920s and early 1930s. While she insisted upon her ethnicity, she was nevertheless coded white by the film industry and its fans, and she appeared for more than a decade as a romantic lead opposite white actors. Returning to Mexico in the early 1940s, she brought enthusiasm and prestige to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, becoming one of the great divas of Mexican film. With struggle and perseverance, she overcame the influence of men in both countries who hoped to dominate her, ultimately controlling her own life professionally and personally.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804784078
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/09/2013
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Translation and Orthography xiii

1 Beauty, Celebrity, and Power in Two Cultures 1

2 Mexican Princess 21

3 Hollywood Baby Beauty 43

4 Unwelcome Triangle 70

5 Pushing the Envelope 92

6 Fame and Its Perils 121

7 Second Chance 146

8 Affair 176

9 Return 204

10 Resurrection 225

11 Diva 252

12 Icon 275

Notes 301

Filmography 335

Bibliography 337

Index 343

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