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I love this story of her. So I shall tell it.

In January 1926 Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Janet Gaynor, Fay Wray and Dolores were honored by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers at an industry ball for women they believed "have shown the most talent and promise of eventual stardom." When Dolores took to the stage, following the other WAMPAS "baby stars", a hush fell over the audience of 3,500. Fearing she had been rejected, Dolores turned to leave just as the stunned crowd broke into a wild, standing ovation for her that lasted 5 minutes. They were completely blown away by her beauty.


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In 1934, Photoplay magazine named Dolres the second most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Garbo topped the list.

Here are stills from the film Bird of Paradise.


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"So long as a woman has twinkles in her eyes, no man notices whether she has wrinkles under them." - Dolores Del Rio

Dolores always liked to reflect her Mexican roots in her style


Her traditional Mexican centre-parted hairdo was her trademark, until she married her second husband Cedric Gibbons who re-styled and homogenized her image


Alongside actress Rita Carewe




With husband no.2 Gibbons, MGM Art Director

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Dolores's wardrobe was built on two basic neautrals. "I belong to the French school of wearing black as the most elegant," she explained, "but white suits me best; it's good for my eyes and hair." Indeed off-camera she often dressed totally in white to set off her dark features, accented with her own diamond earrings or flowers from her garden.








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I grew up watching her films with my grandma.
she had such an elegant way of acting in front of the cameras, always more subdued, unlike her counterpart, maria felix. they always fought for 'the throne'. whatever that was. i guess media attention and...mummification. dolores del río's career was often overshadowed by maria felix's work unfortunately..


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MulletProof, thanks for the pics!
Dolores was very often overshadowed in the acting stakes, like you say. It was her looks that was ultimately her downfall because Hollywood just saw as an exotic love interest. She never had great roles like her contemporaries.

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Thanks for starting this thread and all of the lovely photos, 1karina1!!! If anyone would like more photos, search for Dolores in the 1930's Actresses thread!

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^ Thanks so much Luxury's Lap for the tip!

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nice thread..i have a bunch of pictures of dolores
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Thanks for starting this thread and all of the lovely photos, 1karina1!!! If anyone would like more photos, search for Dolores in the 1930's Actresses thread!
I can pull those over from the 30's thread now that she has her own
I wish I had a scanner b/c I have various photo books and bios on Dolores and she is so beyond stunning, I would love to share

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IMDB mini bio & trivia:
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Birth name
Dolores Martínez Asúnsolo y López Negrete
Nickname
Lolita
Height
5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Dolores del Rio was the first Mexican movie star with international appeal and had a meteoric career in 1920s Hollywood (an extraordinary accomplishment for an Hispanic female on those years). She came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything they had and emigrated to Mexico City, where Dolores became a socialite. In 1921 she married Jaime Del Río (also known as Jaime Martínez Del Río), a wealthy Mexican, and the two became friends with Hollywood producer/director Edwin Carewe. In a somewhat unorthodox manner, for those years, the couple moved to Hollywood where they expected to launch careers in the movie business (she as an actress, he as a screenwriter). Eventually they were divorced after Dolores made her first film, Joanna (1925). THe film was a success and Dolores was hailed as a female Rudolph Valentino. Her career rose until the arrival of sound in 1928. After a number of forgettable films, she married Cedric Gibbons, the well-known art director and production designer at MGM studios. Dolores returned to Mexico in 1942. Her Hollywood career was over, and a romance with Orson Welles--who later called her "the most exciting woman I've ever met"--caused her second divorce. Mexican director Emilio Fernández offered her the lead in his film Flor silvestre (1943), with a wholly unexpected result: at age 37, Dolores Del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in Spanish for the first time. Her association with Fernández' team (cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, writer Mauricio Magdaleno and actor Pedro Armendáriz) was mainly responsible for creating what has been called the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema. With such pictures as María Candelaria (1944), Abandonadas, Las (1945) and Bugambilia (1945), Del Río became the prototypical Mexican beauty in foreign countries. Her career included film, theater and television. In her last years she received accolades because of her work for orphaned children. Her last film was The Children of Sanchez (1978).

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Cousin of Ramon Novarro.

She won the Ariel (Mexican Academy Award) three times: on 1946 for Abandonadas, Las (1945); in 1952 for Doña Perfecta (1951) and in 1954 for Niño y la niebla, El (1953).

She contributed money to a statue likeness of her as the title character in Evangeline (1929). Upon completion in 1930, the statue was placed beside St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church in St. Martinville, Louisiana. The statue rests on a spot marking the alleged burial place of Emmeline Labiche, whom local lore claims was the inspiration behind Longfellow's tragic heroine. It has become a popular tourist attraction and is known as "The Evangeline Statue".

Often referred to as the female Valentino.

Is portrayed by Lucy Cohu in RKO 281 (1999) (TV)

Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957

Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1962

Friend of Marlene Dietrich, who thought Dolores "the most beautiful woman in Hollywood".

Reportedly slept for 16 hours a day to maintain her beauty.
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Regarding her statue in Martinville Louisiana, I had no idea and will visit it when next I am back home.

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hahaha, i sleep 18 hours sometimes and all i get is a stoned look.

nice bio, orchide!.

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hahaha, i sleep 18 hours sometimes and all i get is a stoned look.

nice bio, orchide!.
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Now, I can justify my lazy ways and chalk it up to "maintaining" my "look"

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