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Documentary "God Is the Bigger Elvis" Debuts April 5

April 04, 2012

From the late ‘50s to the early ‘60s, Hollywood starlet and Elvis co-star Dolores Hart appeared in ten films. But in 1963, she shocked family, friends and fans by abandoning her blossoming career to become a Benedictine nun. The new documentary, "God is the Bigger Elvis," details her experience from Hollywood starlet to Mother Prioress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis.
    
In "God is the Bigger Elvis," Hart tells her story with insightful candor and humor, offering a unique glimpse at the spiritual journey of a former rising star, her fateful decision and her current life in a rural Connecticut abbey.  Recently nominated for a Best Documentary Short Oscar, the exclusive HBO presentation debuts Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 8:00 ET/PT.
        
The only child of divorced Chicago parents, Dolores Hart was plucked from obscurity to play Elvis’ love interest in 1957’s “Loving You,” and when she received his first on-screen kiss, Hollywood instantly fell for the gorgeous 19-year-old. She also played alongside Elvis in his favorite film, “King Creole.”
    
Hart surprised Hollywood when she joined the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn. to become a cloistered Benedictine nun.  

“I never felt I was leaving Hollywood,” says Mother Prioress Dolores Hart, recalling her decision today. “God was the vehicle, the ‘bigger Elvis,’ ” she asserts with a smile.
    
"God is the Bigger Elvis" provides an unprecedented look at the daily activities inside the enclosed Benedictine monastery. One of the only abbeys of its kind, Regina Laudis is a 400-acre working farm that is home to 36 nuns, who follow a strict prayer regimen and daily periods of silence, as well as participating in farming, animal care and crafts. Today, Mother Prioress Dolores Hart is the second-highest-ranking abbey nun, below the Mother Abbess, and offers important spiritual counsel to young nuns who are following the same path, some of whom share their stories in the film.
    
"God is the Bigger Elvis" debuts Thursday, April 5 2012 on HBO at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, visit www.hbo.com.