Dolores Del Rio

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Dolores Del Rio (1904-1983) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.

Legendary Latin American actress born in Mexico, was winner of three Mexican Ariel Awards for Best Actress during the 1940s and '50s, as well as a Special Golden Ariel award in 1975. All of this came after a Hollywood career that launched in 1925 and included a successful transition to talking films in the 1930s. After starting out as a dancer, Del Rio was discovered by First National director Edward Carewe, and brought to Hollywood where she debuted in Joanna (1925) starring Dorothy Mackaill and Jack Mulhall. She almost immediately ascended to leading lady and had an early notable role coming between stars Victor McLaglen and Edmund Lowe in What Price Glory (1926) for director Raoul Walsh. Other popular early starring roles include The Trail of '98 (1928), Ramona (1928), The Red Dance (1928), and Evangeline (1929). Major talkie roles came opposite Joel McCrea for King Vidor in Bird of Paradise (1932); starring in Flying Down to Rio (1933), though that one's better remembered for introducing the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairing; Madame Du Barry (1934); for Lloyd Bacon with Busby Berkeley running the musical numbers in Wonder Bar (1934) and In Caliente (1935); and at the end of her relationship with Orson Welles in Journey Into Fear (1943). Following that film Del Rio returned to Mexico, where she worked for John Ford in The Fugitive (1947) but mostly grew her legend in her many successful releases within the Mexican film industry. Del Rio continued performing, even appearing on American television, and working for Ford again in Cheyenne Autumn (1964), through 1978.

Birthday: August 3

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