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Mother Dolores Hart Nominated for Academy Award

February 16, 2012


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Dolores Hart, a 60s blonde beauty known for her starring roles, is getting a nod from the Academy Awards this year. The HBO documentary about the woman now known as Mother Dolores, "God Is the Bigger Elvis," is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Short category.

During her Hollywood days, Hart acted alongside Elvis in hit movies such as “Loving You” and “King Creole.” At 23 years old, Hart gave up her life in Hollywood and moved to Connecticut to become a Benedictine nun. The film documents Hart's unusual journey from Tinseltown to the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis.

Mother Dolores, now 73, recently told PEOPLE about her reaction when she landed the role in “Loving You” in 1957.

"I really didn't know anything about Elvis Presley," Hart told PEOPLE. "But when I went back to college and told the girls, they nearly died."

Mother Dolores's rep has confirmed she will be attending the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 26 wearing her religious garments.

Read more about Mother Dolores and her Oscar-nominated documentary at PEOPLE.com.