Almanac August 3 :: Dolores del Río

Dolores del Río (August 3, 1905 in Durango, Mexico – April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress. She was a star in Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and was the first Latin American movie star to have international success and eventually became a prominent actress in Mexican films.

In the silent film era, del Río was considered a female counterpart to Rudolph Valentino. Her career flourished until the end of the silent era, with success in films such as Resurrection (1927), Ramona (1928) and Evangeline (1929). With the arrival of the "talkies" in the early thirties, del Río's exotic image was radically changed but she continued to score successes with Bird of Paradise (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Madame Du Barry, Wonder Bar (1934) and Journey into Fear (1942).

She was married to, among other men, MGM's art designer Cedric Gibbons. She also had a four-year relationship with Orson Welles--She was with him during the filming of Citizen Kane--who considered her the great love of his life.

When del Río returned to Mexico, under the guidance of Emilio Fernández at the age of 37, she became the most important star of the Golden age of Mexican cinema. The 1943 film Maria Candelaria is considered her masterpiece from this time.




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