Dolores Hart, OSB, (born Dolores Hicks; October 20, 1938) is an American Roman Catholic Benedictine nun who was an accomplished actress. After her film debut with Elvis (1957), she made ten films in five years, including Wild Winds (1957), Creole Kings (1958) and Where are the Boys (1960). By the early 1960s, she had become a well-known heroine and “shocked Hollywood” by announcing that she was giving up her acting career, giving up her career to enter the Convent of Regina Laudis in Connecticut, where she made a fortune for their Abbey community service.
She was born Dolores Hicks, the only child of actors Bert Hicks and Harriet Hicks, who separated and eventually divorced when she was three. She explained: “As a kid, I was very precocious. My parents got married when I was 16 and 17 and they were beautiful people. Moss Hart gave my mum Harriett a contract but by then they already had me and My dad Bert Hicks, a Bitplayer, definitely a Clark Gable guy, had a movie offer, so he moved from Chicago to Hollywood, I’m a Hollywood kid, he lives in Beverly Hills, I toured the property with him, he There’s a little bit of involvement in Forever Amber. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that life.”
Hicks is also related to singer Mario Lanza through her aunt marriage. She lives in Chicago with her grandparents, who sent her to the parish school St. Gregory Catholic School, not for a religious education, but she was the closest to home, she said, “My grandparents didn’t want me to be run over Tram. She watched the movie but turned off the sound so as not to disturb him snoozing in the dressing room, her job was to wake him up at the end of each role.