WHAT – Mother Dolores Hart, former Hollywood star, current prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis and still an active and voting member of the Academy, will be in Pennsylvania to promote her new memoir, THE EAR OF THE HEART, and screen her 2012 Academy Award-nominated documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis,” the Academy Award-nominated HBO documentary about her remarkable life.
WHEN – Mother will be available at three public events. Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church will host her at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 17. The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church will host her at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, July 18. St. Titus Catholic Church will host her at 6 p.m. ET Saturday, July 20. Mother will do a talk and book signing at the July 17 and 18 events. She will discuss and answer questions about her book, and screen “God is the Bigger Elvis,” at the July 20 event.
WHERE – Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church is located at 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118. The Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church is located at 625 W. Street Rd., Warminster, Pa. 18974. St. Titus Catholic Church is located at 3006 Keenwood Rd., Norristown, Pa. 19403
WHY – Mother’s recently released memoir is a fascinating account of her life, co-written with her lifelong friend, Richard DeNeut. The book chronicles her successful acting career, alongside such notable Hollywood royalty as Elvis Presley, Montgomery Clift, Anthony Quinn and Myrna Loy, among others. She stunned Hollywood in 1963, when at the peak of her career, she decided to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. She left the glamorous world of acting that she had dreamed of since childhood 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.
ABOUT MOTHER – She is the prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. Dolores Hart 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, Warren Beatty and Myrna Loy. She also gave a Tony-nominated performance in the Broadway play The Pleasure of His Company and appeared in TV shows, including The Virginian and Playhouse 90. An important, life-altering chapter in her life occurred while playing Saint Clare in the movie Francis of Assisi, filmed on location in Italy. In 1963, while contracted for another film and engaged to be married, she abandoned everything to enter a contemplative monastery. Mother remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
MORE INFORMATION – For more information on the event, or to schedule an interview with Mother Dolores Hart, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications or visit www.EaroftheHeart.com.