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Dolores Del RíoBeauty in Light and Shade$
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Linda B. Hall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784078

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784078.001.0001

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Beauty, Celebrity, and Power in Two Cultures

Beauty, Celebrity, and Power in Two Cultures

(p.1) 1 Beauty, Celebrity, and Power in Two Cultures
Dolores Del Río
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers how Mexican actress Dolores del Río was able to appeal to two nations and two cultures while simultaneously gaining international fame. Dolores was the first major Latina crossover star in Hollywood. She arrived in Los Angeles in 1925, leaving behind the economic and social changes of her home country that followed its violent civil war. Under the sponsorship of director Edwin Carewe, she quickly rose to the height of stardom and personal wealth and remained both popular and employed for over a decade. When good roles diminished and her personal life took a turbulent and unexpected turn in the early 1940s, she returned to Mexico to join an artistic and literary renaissance that was already flourishing. There she was able to take more control over her life, in both personal and professional aspects, and went on to become one of the most celebrated actresses in that nation's history and a key participant in Mexican film's Golden Age.

Keywords:   Dolores del Río, Mexico, Hollywood, Los Angeles

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