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 Hart OSB, Richard DeNeut
     
 

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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

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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 an award-winning performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in two television shows, including The Virginian. A turning point 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 Regina Laudis Abbey 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. Lavishly illustrated with many photos.

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

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Publishers Weekly
Many young women dream of being Hollywood starlets, so it seems unlikely if not downright bizarre for a famous actress to step out of the limelight and enter a cloistered convent. In this amazing tale, former actress and now Benedictine nun Hart and former Hollywood publicist DeNeut detail the glory days of the Hollywood scene when stars like Anthony Quinn, George Peppard, and Gary Cooper were all the rage. An on-screen kiss with Elvis Presley helped catapult Hart into stardom and allowed her to work alongside some of the biggest film stars of all time. She portrayed St. Clare in a film about the life of Francis of Assisi, and while shooting on location she began seriously contemplating a different style of life. While several of the anecdotes are entertaining, the narrative style is choppy, with the two authors trading paragraphs with little transition. Still, it is fascinating to get an insider glimpse into the life of a movie star and a cloistered nun, especially since these perspectives come from the same person. Many will question Hart's decision to walk away from such a glamorous life with great potential, but her vivaciousness and contentment shines through; she is doing what she was meant to do. Readers may find themselves reflecting on their own vocations. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586177478
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
539
Sales rank:
78,531
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.80(d)

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For many years Richard DeNeut was a publicist for the Hollywood firm Globe Photos. He co-authored actress Patricia Neal's autobiography As I Am (Simon and Schuster, 1988) and wrote the text for Inside Hollywood: 60 Years of Globe Photos (Konemann, 2001).

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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.
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
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
Anonymous 4 months 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.