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The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows
     

The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows

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by Mother Dolores O.S.B. Hart
 

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"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." - Saint Benedict Dolores 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

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"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart." - Saint Benedict Dolores 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 television shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90. An important 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 Dolores 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, Connecticut, 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 call she heard with the "ear of the heart". While contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she abandoned everything to become a bride of Christ.

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BN ID:
2940044441439
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
05/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
213,303
File size:
6 MB

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The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely DELIGHTFUL, honest and one of the most refreshing biographies I have read for quite some time. I highly recommend this book. From Hollywood to the convent - amazing! As the saying goes, "God calls, and we listen."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great inside look at Hollywood in the 1950s to early 1960s. Good bio of an American dysfunctional family relationship, alcoholism and poverty that becomes a rags to riches story. Honestly this book would seem to have its greatest appeal to Catholics, being one myself. Yet in this culture of materialism and spiritual poverty it finds common ground with those who value an introspective,meditative outlook. At 400 pages, the author has much to share, and I've found it worth the read. Fantastically highlighted by many photos with Hollywood celebs and family. The book is all about the solution to a life dangerously close to joining the list of celebrity tragedies, such as Elvis, her costar in film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and a very inspiring biography of one who followed God's call, shunning fame, material wealth, pleasures, to heed a life that brings full joy. As it is in Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. God bless Mother Dolores and may his life inspire others to seek God first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing read for people of all ages. Very inspiring and I have had trouble putting it down! This book and its message will stay with me for a lifetime and I hope that it can influence young people to stay true to their calling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I have the highest regard for Mother Dolores Hart, and believe her to be a true daughter of the Church, the other author is not Catholic and seems firmly entrenched in Hollywood. First-person and third-person narratives alternate in a distracting way. In spite of tremendous value of Mother Dolores' story, the content seems lightweight. This book is recommended due to subject, yet I have some trouble accepting it as a complete autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a true story. After a very chance meeting with Mother Dolores in a Long Island restaurant 6 weeks ago, I asked her to pray for a sick friend. She said that she would. A few days later, I went to my local library to use a copying machine. I looked over my shoulder, and Mother Dolores' book was on a shelf behind me. I took it, read it, and then purchased my own copy. It is beautifully written with her long time friend, who incorporates her personal recollections through recorded transcripts. Her lifelong drive to connect with the G-d of her understanding is fulfilled. I am a traditional Jewish woman of great faith, but limited practice. I learned a great deal about another world from a wonderful soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think when someone turn from this world and obey God, they truly have peace. Hollywood needs to back off on how they make movies. The sex, language, killing. show our kids all of this is ok. We all need to turn to God just as Delores has done. This book is wonderful can even make you cry
GrandmaCorky More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a page turner. I didn't want the book to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. I lived in Southern California, am near the authors age and remember when she was a Hollywood star. Absolutely amazing that she gave up the glamour of the movie industry for the life of a cloistered nun and has stayed true to her relgious vocation all these years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A touching and inspiring book. A must read.
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media! let her go what are you doing to her? Even though you don't have any issue to draw attention of audience, you should not use her life as your method.