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Dolores Del Rio

Biography

Known on her behalf starring tasks in such early Hollywood motion pictures as Flying Right down to Rio and Parrot of Heaven, she also appeared in such Mexican cinematic classics as María Candelaria and Flor Silvestre. She was created in Durango, Mexico for an upper-class family members. Her delivery name was María de los Dolores Asúnsolo con López Negrete. Like many performers of her period, she was blacklisted from Hollywood through the McCarthy period on her behalf alleged communist sympathies. Her three relationships included a decade-long union with film creation developer Cedric Gibbons. Within the last many years of her relationship to Gibbons, she got an affair with renowned movie director Orson Welles. She and fellow Mexican celebrity Lupe Velez, created just 3 years apart, both got successful professions in Hollywood.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth August 3, 1905
Place Of Birth Mexico
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality Mexican
Spouse Lewis Riley, Cedric Gibbons, Jaime Del Rio
Parents Antonia Lopez-Negrete, Jesus Leonardo Asúnsolo Jacques
Partner Orson Welles
Awards Ariel Award - Golden Ariel, Ariel Award for Best Actress
Movies María Candelaria, Flying Down to Rio, The Fugitive, Bird of Paradise, Flaming Star, Journey into Fear, Cheyenne Autumn, The Children Of Sanchez, The Loves of Carmen, In Caliente, What Price Glory?, Wonder Bar, Lancer Spy, Girl of the Rio, Madame Du Barry, Bugambilia, The Trail of '98, International Settlement, The Red Dance, The Abandoned, More Than a Miracle, Ramona, I Live for Love, The Bad One, The Soldiers of Pancho Villa, Wild Flower, The Widow from Monte Carlo, The Man from Dakota, The Boy and the Fog, High Steppers, Pals First, Reportaje, Señora Ama, The Devil's Playground, Accused, Casa de Mujeres, Story of a Bad Woman, No Other Woman, The Unloved Woman, La selva de fuego, The Gateway of the Moon, The Love Nest, The Other One, Revenge, Resurrection, Evangeline, Where Are Our Children Going?, Doña Perfecta, They Paid With Bullets, One by One
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1In February 1934 it was announced in the press that Dolores Del Rio was tired of playing native girl roles and has bobbed her hair, had a permanent and put on swanky clothes for her upcoming RKO Radio Picture Dance of Desire. The movie eventually never was made.
2Grand aunt of actor Adam Del Rio.
3Reportedly slept for 16 hours a day to maintain her beauty.
4Friend of Marlene Dietrich, who thought Dolores "the most beautiful woman in Hollywood".
5Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1962
6Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957
7Is portrayed by Lucy Cohu in RKO 281 (1999)
8Often referred to as the female Valentino.
9She 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, who 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".
10She won the Ariel (Mexican Academy Award) three times: on 1946 for Las abandonadas (1945); in 1952 for Doña Perfecta (1951) and in 1954 for El niño y la niebla (1953).
11Cousin of Ramon Novarro.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Children of Sanchez1978Grandma Paquita
Marcus Welby, M.D.1970TV SeriesCarlotta Lopez de Guadalupe
Rio Blanco1967A Revolutionary
C'era una volta1967Queen Mother
Casa de mujeres1966Hilda Moreno, la doña
La dama del alba1966La Peregrina
Branded1966TV SeriesAntonia Molinera
I Spy1966TV SeriesCerita
The Man Who Bought Paradise1965TV MovieMona
Cheyenne Autumn1964Spanish Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
El pecado de una madre1962Gabriela del Valle
Flaming Star1960Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
The Chevy Show1960TV Series
The Soldiers of Pancho Villa1959Isabel
¿Adónde van nuestros hijos?1958Doña Rosa
The United States Steel Hour1958TV SeriesTheresia Tallien
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV Series
Señora ama1955Dominica
El niño y la niebla1953Marta
Reportaje1953María Cristina
Doña Perfecta1951Doña Perfecta
Deseada1951Deseada
La casa chica1950Amalia Estrada
La malquerida1949Raimunda
Historia de una mala mujer1948Mrs. Erlynne
The Fugitive1947An Indian Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
La otra1946Magdalena Montes de Oca / María Méndez
La selva de fuego1945Estrella
Bugambilia1945Amalia de los Robles
Las abandonadas1945Margarita Pérez
María Candelaria (Xochimilco)1944María Candelaria
Flor silvestre1943Esperanza
Journey Into Fear1942Josette Martel (as Dolores Del Rio)
The Man from Dakota1940Eugenia 'Jenny' Sanford
International Settlement1938Lenore Dixon
Ali Baba Goes to Town1937Dolores del Rio - at Fictional Premiere (uncredited)
Lancer Spy1937Dolores Daria Sunnel
Devil's Playground1937Carmen (as Dolores Del Rio)
Accused1936Gaby Seymour
The Widow from Monte Carlo1935Inez, Duchess of Rye
I Live for Love1935Donna (as Dolores Del Rio)
In Caliente1935Rita Gomez
Madame Du Barry1934Madame Du Barry (as Dolores Del Rio)
Wonder Bar1934Inez (as Dolores Del Rio)
Flying Down to Rio1933Belinha De Rezende (as Dolores Del Rio)
Bird of Paradise1932Luana
Girl of the Rio1932Dolores
To oneiron tou glyptou1930
The Bad One1930Lita
Evangeline1929Evangeline
Revenge1928Rascha
The Red Dance1928Tasia
No Other Woman1928Carmelita de Granados
Ramona1928Ramona
The Trail of '981928Berna (as Dolores Del Rio)
The Gateway of the Moon1928Chela (Toni)
The Loves of Carmen1927Carmen
Resurrection1927Katyusha Maslova
Life in Hollywood No. 51927Short
The Whole Town's Talking1926Rita Renault - Movie Star
What Price Glory1926Charmaine de la Cognac
Pals First1926Jeanne Lamont
High Steppers1926Evelyn Iffield
Joanna1925Carlotta de Silva

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
With a Friend Like Harry...2000performer: "Ramona"
International Settlement1938performer: "You Made Me That Way"
In Caliente1935performer: "Muchacha" 1935 - uncredited
Madame Du Barry1934performer: "The King of France" - uncredited
Wonder Bar1934performer: "Don't Say Good-Night" 1934, "Tango del Rio" 1934 - uncredited
Flying Down to Rio1933performer: "Orchids in the Moonlight" 1933 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Part Four: Dolores del Rio2009Short in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
México de mis amores1979DocumentaryElla misma
Salsa1976DocumentaryHerself
Mexico 68. Instantaneas1968Documentary shortHerself
A Bob Hope Comedy Special1966TV SpecialHerself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1960TV SeriesHerself
Torero1956DocumentaryGuest
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes to Mexico1954ShortHerself
The Kate Smith Evening Hour1951TV SeriesHerself
Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars1941Documentary shortHerself
Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival1940Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 101939Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 81937Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 71937Documentary shortHerself
A Dream Comes True1935Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio1935Short documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood on Parade No. B-131934ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 231930ShortHerself, at Premiere
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 241930ShortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 141930ShortHerself, at Premiere
Fashion News1930DocumentaryHerself (1929)
Die Filmstadt Hollywood1928DocumentaryHerself
WAMPAS Baby Stars of 19261926ShortHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles2014DocumentaryHerself
Arena2012TV Series documentary
Part Four: Dolores del Rio2009ShortHerself
Un retrato de Diego2007DocumentaryHerself
Complicated Women2003TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Dolores del Rio, la diva mexicana de Hollywood2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema2002DocumentaryHerself
Se que es imposible1991Documentary shortHerself
Zelig1983Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Age of Ballyhoo1973Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The American West of John Ford1971TV Movie documentaryactress 'Cheyenne Autumn (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryActress 'Bird of Paradise' (uncredited)
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood: The Golden Years1961TV Movie documentaryActress 'Resurection' (uncredited)
Personality Parade1938Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1975Special Golden ArielAriel Awards, MexicoFor her 50 years of working as an actress.
1975Special Silver GoddessMexican Cinema JournalistsFor a career spanning fifty years.
1965Special Silver GoddessMexican Cinema Journalists
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1630 Vine Street.
1954Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actuación Femenina)El niño y la niebla (1953)
1952Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actuación Femenina)Doña Perfecta (1951)
1946Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actuación Femenina)Las abandonadas (1945)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1951Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actuación Femenina)La casa chica (1950)
1947Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actress (Mejor Actuación Femenina)La otra (1946)


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#Quote
1Beauty comes from the inside out. Creams are a waste of money if you don't take care of your health.
2We have a public, the power to influence, and we have an enormous responsibility to use this influence. We have awakened to this responsibility in Mexico. We even have an actress, María Elena Marqués, who is a congresswoman. She works terribly hard and is up at 6, not to go to a studio, but to work for the people of her district.
3A woman must be soignee. To be neat in every aspect requires considerable organization. But to me that is more important than being fashionable!
4Beauty does not come with creams and lotions and all those silly things. It comes with good digestion, moderation in eating, a discipline in life.
5Personally, I buy only what suits me. In the day time I dress very simply, but after 7 p. m. I dress dramatically. I usually wear a tiny nose veil on a cocktail hat. Men love it, and it seems to suit my face and personality.
6I've never dieted in my life. Don't believe in it. Diets ruin a woman's health and appearance. Her face suffers. She looks drawn and haggard. I eat regular meals and eat anything and everything. Moderation is the key. I may eat cake; but I eat only a small slice.
7That story about 14 hours' sleep is an exaggeration. I do have eight hours of sleep a night, however, and short naps whenever I can manage them in the day time.
8[in 1960] The secret of youth is work, keep busy, and never be bored. Boredom is the only thing that ages you. You don't have to be young to be a star; today there's acting for all ages. Last year I tried the legitimate stage, have now done three plays. When I was a star in Hollywood, I had hundreds of offers from Broadway, but never took them seriously. Thoughts of facing an audience appalled me. Now I feel it's the ideal medium for an actress. I work in TV also but don't love It; I do it as a sort of discipline.
9One of the legends you hear about me is that I sleep 16 hours a day. That is ridiculous. In the first place, it's physically impossible. Secondly, someone else would have to do my work . . . on the stage, in motion pictures . . . managing my home. I sleep nine hours.
10My first beauty rule is to relax completely for 20 minutes each day without interruption-no matter what! I lie flat on the floor and "let go," relaxing completely from the toes up. Consequently, at 5 o clock, when everyone else is tired out I'm full of energy.
11[on the transition from silent to sound films] Many big stars didn't survive. Their voices were too high, or they didn't speak English well enough. I survived, but it was difficult. I had to work very, very hard at my English.
12When I returned to Mexico, I joined with people eager to create the Mexican cinema. We were full of dreams and had no money whatsoever, but we were able to achieve something and open markets for our films all over the world.
13Take care of your inner beauty, your spiritual beauty, and that will reflect in your face. We have the face we created over the years. Every bad deed, every bad fault will show on your face. God can give us beauty and genes can give us our features, but whether that beauty remains or changes is determined by our thoughts and deeds.
14[in the 1920s] Hollywood, what a place it is! It is so far away from the rest of the world, so narrow. No one thinks of anything but motion pictures or talks of anything else. And, I, too, am getting like the rest. I have not read anything for a year. I do not know what is happening in the world.


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