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Posts Tagged ‘Dolores Hart’

Media Still Getting Elvis Presley First-Kiss Facts Wrong

If this year’s Oscars are anywhere near as entertaining as a piece on TheWrap today about Documentary Short Subject category attendee Mother Prioress, we’ll be happy campers around about 8:24 p.m. PT Sunday.

Awards season expert Steve Pond fact-checks the topic of Prioress’s oft-repeated Hollywood PR. As actress Dolores Hart, it is said that she previously presented at the 1959 Oscars and was responsible for Elvis Presley‘s first on-screen kiss. Wrong, and… not quite right. Pond notes that the bit about the Elvis kiss was put forth about a decade ago by ABC News’ 20/20 and has been lazily repeated ever since:

It’s uncertain the order in which the kisses were filmed [for 1957's Loving You], but Elvis kisses Jana Lund about 50 minutes into the film, and Lizabeth Scott half an hour later; it isn’t until the movie’s final scene that he finally locks lips with Hart.

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The Nun Who Gets to Vote for Best Picture

Because Thom Geier‘s February 4th-11th Entertainment Weekly interview feature “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” was never posted online, it failed to get passed around the Internet the way it should have. In great detail, he outlines how one-time Elvis Presley co-star Dolores Hart turned her back on Hollywood in 1963 to become a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT.

The caveat is that she has remained an actor’s branch voting member of the Academy, which allows for the detailing of some pretty hysterical Oscar season activities. Last year for example, she was very unpopular with the other nuns because she chose to give Avatar her 2009 Best Picture vote instead of The Hurt Locker. But the real kicker is the way she views her Academy DVDs:

Hart watches the films in her basement office, a 12-by-12 foot room with high ceilings and a slanted floor that was once the art studio of one of the order’s founders… Her TV is a 20-year-old model that sits on a stand. “It’s a tiny little thing, maybe eight inches,” she says. “I never got past to the big stuff.”

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