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‘God Is the Bigger Elvis’

Catholic World News - February 28, 2012

In 1963, actress Dolores Hart abandoned her career, broke off her engagement, and entered the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. In 2010, Archbishop Pietro Sambi--the late apostolic nuncio to the United States--told Mother Hart, now prioress of the abbey, that it would be desirable to make a film about religious life.

“I said to him, ‘Archbishop, it’s been 50 years since I was in Hollywood,’” she recalled. “All my contacts are dead or gone.”

“Have no worries, Dolores,” he replied. “The Lord will find a way.”

Two days later, HBO called to ask if it could make a documentary of her life. The documentary, “God Is the Bigger Elvis,” was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary (short subject) in 2012 -- leading Mother Hart to return to the Oscar ceremony for the first time in 50 years.

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  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Feb. 29, 2012 8:49 AM ET USA

    And she is still a beautiful woman! However does she take care of a Great Dane? Wish they provided a traditional altar instead of that one in the picture: So stark and empty.

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