Dolores Del Rio

Highest Rated: 100% Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Birthday: Aug 3, 1905
Birthplace: Not Available
Born into an aristocratic Mexican family, actress Dolores Del Rio was the daughter of a prominent banker. After a convent education, she was married at age 16 to writer Jaime Del Rio, whose name she retained long after the marriage had dissolved. The second cousin of silent film star Ramon Novarro, Del Rio was a regular guest at Hollywood parties; at one of these, director Edwin Carewe, struck by her dazzling beauty, felt she'd be perfect for a role in his upcoming film Joanna (1925). Stardom followed rapidly, with Del Rio achieving top billing in several major silent productions, including What Price Glory? (1927), as the French coquette Charmaine, and The Loves of Carmen (1927), in the title role. Since Del Rio spoke fluent English, the switch-over to sound posed no problem for her, though her marked Hispanic accent limited her range of roles. Most often, she was cast on the basis of beauty first, talent second; she is at her most alluring in 1932's Bird of Paradise, in which she appears all but nude in some sequences. Del Rio looked equally fetching when fully clothed, as in the title role of Madame Du Barry (1934). Upon the breakup of her second marriage to art director Cedric Gibbons, the graceful, intelligent Del Rio became the most eligible "bachelor girl" in Hollywood; one of her most ardent suitors was Orson Welles, ten years her junior, who cast her in his 1942 RKO production Journey Into Fear. In 1943, Del Rio returned to Mexico to star in films, negotiating a "percentage of profits" deal which increased her already vast fortune. Enormously popular in her native country, Del Rio returned only occasionally to Hollywood, usually at the request of such long-standing industry friends as director John Ford. Her seemingly ageless beauty and milk-smooth complexion was the source of envy and speculation; from all accounts, she used no cosmetic surgery, maintaining her looks principally through a diligent (and self-invented) diet and exercise program. Even as late as 1960, she looked far too young to play Elvis Presley's mother in Flaming Star. Del Rio retired from filmmaking in 1978, choosing to devote her time to managing her financial and real estate holdings, and to her lifelong hobbies of writing and painting.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet La selva de fuego (Jungle Fire) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Un retrato de Diego (A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood - Then and Now Actor 2007
No Score Yet Hispanic Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet Dolores Del Rio: Princesa de Mexico Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Children of Sanchez Grandma Paquita 1978
No Score Yet Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands) La Dona Perfecta 1976
33% C'era una volta... (Cinderella: Italian Style) (More Than a Miracle) Queen Mother 1967
67% Cheyenne Autumn Spanish Woman 1964
No Score Yet Pecado de una Madre Actor 1962
91% Flaming Star Neddy Burton 1960
No Score Yet Torero (Bullfighter) Actor 1956
No Score Yet What Has Become of Our Children Actor 1954
No Score Yet Reportaje Maria Enriquetta 1953
No Score Yet La Malquerida Raimunda 1949
86% The Fugitive Indian Woman 1947
No Score Yet La Otra (The Other One) Maria Mendez Magdalena Mendez 1946
No Score Yet Las Abandonadas Actor 1945
No Score Yet Wild Flower (Flor silvestre) Esperanza 1945
No Score Yet Maria Candelaria (Xochimilco) Maria Candelaria 1944
75% Journey Into Fear Josette Martel 1943
No Score Yet Ali Baba Goes to Town Guest 1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy Dolores Daria Sunnel 1937
No Score Yet Accused Gaby Seymour 1936
No Score Yet In Caliente Rita Gomez, aka La Españita 1935
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry Mme. Du Barry 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Inez 1934
100% Flying Down to Rio Belinha de Rezende 1933
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Luana 1932
No Score Yet Evangeline Evangeline 1929
No Score Yet The Trail of '98 Berna 1928
No Score Yet Ramona Actor 1928
No Score Yet The Red Dance Actor 1928
No Score Yet Loves of Carmen Carmen 1927
No Score Yet What Price Glory Charmaine 1926


No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • 1970


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