This chapter focuses on Dolores' later years and her iconic status. Dolores died on April 11, 1983, in the home she shared with Lew Riley in Newport Beach, California. She was seventy-eight years old. The cause was hepatitis, contracted years earlier, which had made a deadly turn into severe liver disease. The more than two decades between her marriage and her last illness were filled with extensive honors, including the “Sarape” in 1965 from PECIME (the Association of Film Journalists of Mexico) for her international efforts on behalf of Mexican film; and the “Medalla de Oro” (“Gold Medal”) from the Mexican association of press photographers for her “praiseworthy artistic work.” While continuing to have real-time, important experiences and interactions with the public, Dolores increasingly became iconic as her films, television performances, photographs, and various other images were reproduced and stories about her spread worldwide.
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