Dolores Del Rio. TCM Overview
Mexico’s premier actress, Dolores Del Rio had a very long and successful career both in Hollywood and in her hone country. She made her screen debut in silent films in 1925 in the film “Joanna” and was still making fims in the 1960’s. Among her later films was Elvis Presley’s “Flaming Star” and John Ford’s Western elegy “Cheyanne Autumn”.She is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in cinema. She died in 1983
Easily one of the most beautiful women of her era and one of the most gorgeous people ever to make it to the ranks of film stardom. Del Rio’s career in the 1920s and 30s unfortunately suffered from too many exotic, two-dimensional roles designed with Hollywood’s cliched ideas of ethnic minorities in mind.
Her best-remembered film from this period is “Flying Down to Rio” (1933), which partnered Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for the first time. One of her more interesting parts was her last American lead, in “Journey Into Fear” (1942), set up by and co-starring Del Rio’s then paramour, Orson Welles.
It took a return to the stage and screen in her native Mexico (where she won that country’s equivalent of a Best Actress Oscar four times and was lauded as “the first lady of Mexican theater”) and later Hollywood character parts (e.g., in John Ford’s “The Fugitive” 1947 and his “Cheyenne Autumn” 1964) for her talent to be fully displayed.
Interesting article on Ms Del Rio in the “Huffington Post” can be found here.