Monday, August 3, 2009

Delightful Dolores (with Connie and Joan)


Dolores Del Rio, born today in 1905, with Constance and Joan Bennett in 1934. All three would become big stars but Dolores left Hollywood in the forties to make movies in her native country Mexico after a stormy romance with Orson Welles. She left at just the right time as Mexico was enjoying its Golden Age along with Hollywood although I have barely seen any films from Mexico in this period and feel I should definitely correct that situation soon.

During the fifties she was referred to as the Princess of Mexico. She died in April of 1983 in California but during her life was a star in two different national cinemas.

Happy Birthday to Dolores, forever set in the firmament of stars that is the cinema. She would have been 104 today.

23 comments:

Pax Romano said...

What a terrific photo - and didn't Del Rio do some of those "On the Road" pics with Bing and Bob...I know, I'm too lazy to Google it.

Greg said...

I don't think she did, at least to my recollection. The first time I saw her was in Madame DuBarry and I still think it's her best work. I also like In Caliente and Flying Down to Rio. All three are shown with some regularity on TCM.

Fox said...

The title to this reminds me of Garbage Pail Kids. It's also b/c I've been on a minor Garbage Pail Kids thing of late, but still. It would be cool if we could do that for pictures of movies stars, but my photoshop skills are for crap. Maybe that could be an October thing.

Greg said...

How does one get on a minor Garbage Pail kids thing exactly? Do you collect the cards? Anyway, I think you should do the GPKids pics of movie stars for October. You've got two months to brush up on your photoshop.

bill r. said...

How does one get on a minor Garbage Pail kids thing exactly?...

By finding yourself dusting off your old cards, sitting in your leather armchair, and ruminating over them. But not too much, because then you'd be on a major Garbage Pail Kids thing.

Greg said...

I hate major Garbage Pail kids things. Minor ones I can deal with but major ones? They infuriate me!

bill r. said...

Oh God, I know. They suck. Fox, I hope you're being properly cautious, in order to avoid finding yourself in the middle of a major Garbage Pail Kids thing.

Greg said...

I once knew a guy whose parents had to hire one of those deprogrammers because he carelessly got himself onto a major GPK thing. Scary stuff man.

Christopher said...

I've come across more of Dolores Del Rio's mexican films than hollywood, surfing thru the channels I get more spanish channels without cable..She was a true beauty..
one of my fave odd OLDER fotos of her
http://www.photographersgallery.com/i/full/dolores_delrio.jpg

Arbogast said...

Joan Bennett was a little minx, wasn't she? Hard to believe that's the same harridan from Dark Shadows and Suspiria. That should be a TCM film festival: "Before they Were Ugly." They could show old movies starring Joan Bennett, Sylvia Sidney, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis. Actually, isn't that a line from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? "You weren't ugly then..."

Greg said...

Christopher, I couldn't get to the photo you bookmarked but maybe this is it. I got it from the same site. I think it's safe to say her breasts are just baaaarely staying inside the bathing suit.

Greg said...

Arbo, what a great idea for a festival. You know who the patron saint of that festival? Robert Mitchum. Holy shit, his face melted into a strange froggy/gollum like mixture by the nineties. Still looked cool though.

The only one I wouldn't include would be Joan Crawford. She may have gotten harsher in appearance as she got older but I still dug her looks. And her body in Berserk which I just watched a month or two ago on TCM - Wow! Man, it was incredible. She may have been 62 but that body was something else.

Christopher said...

yep..thats the picture Greg..got kind of a Mexi-surreal thing going there...
I can believe that about joan crawfords body in later years...She had the most amazing LEGS in her flapper days..Was watchin' Chaney's The Unknown a few weeks ago and couldn't hardley stand it no mo!...d'ooohhh mommie dearest come to daddeeehh..

Arbogast said...

The only one I wouldn't include would be Joan Crawford. She may have gotten harsher in appearance as she got older but I still dug her looks.

Dig this.

Greg said...

Va-Va-Voom!

Fox said...

How does one get on a minor Garbage Pail kids thing exactly? Do you collect the cards?...

I collected the cards when I was a tyke (I have great memories of riding my bike up to Walgreens with a $5 bill and going crazy!), but the minor craz started when Bill suggested we watch the live action movie of it and live blog it together.

Also, I found a GPK obsessive who has a site where posts every card of every series. It's pretty awesome if you're ever bored and think that you've done everything that's worth doing already.

Greg said...

And God knows, that sounds worth doing.

Christopher said...

=:oO..the Hideous Sun Demon!

Fox said...

And God knows, that sounds worth doing....

Oh yeah, well... YOUR FACE is worth doing!!!

Greg said...

You're not going to fuck my face are you?

Gloria said...

About Dolores... I recall an anecdote about her & the indomitable George Sanders (Right now I don't recall the source).

Sanders often thought of schemes to get rich and quit the working life, and it seems that one of them was to marry Princess of Mexico Del Rio in order to obtain Mexican citizenship and run for the Mexican Presidency thanks to her popularity... "Presidente Sanders", sounds cool!

Off-Topic Etimological curiosity: a straightforward, faithful translation to Spanish of Dolores' name would be "Pains of the River"

Greg said...

George Sanders never fails to entertain me. I find his offscreen actions as entertaining as those onscreen and that's a great story.

And I never knew "Dolores" meant "pains" until now.

Margaret Benbow said...

Gloria's story about George Sanders (his scheme to marry del Rio and become the dictator of Mexico)reminds me of the explanation ZsaZsa Gabor gave of why she married the jerk...she was sitting in the movie theater watching this Sanders stranger play the Gauguin role in The Moon and Sixpence. One of his more nefarious lines, which he said in his refined,deadly, alpha-cad way, was "You should always beat a woman like a dog..." Zsa Zsa was electrified and knew she just had to marry that man.