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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Linda Biesele , author. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary Dolores del Rio's enormously successful career in Hollywood, in Mexico, and internationally illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, and gender through the lenses of beauty and celebrity. She and her husband left Mexico in , as both their well-to-do families suffered from the economic downturn that followed the Mexican Revolution.
Far from being stigmatized as a woman of color, this Mexican star was acknowledged as the epitome of beauty in the Hollywood of the s and early s. While she insisted upon her ethnicity, she was nevertheless coded white by the film industry and its fans, and she appeared for more than a decade as a romantic lead opposite white actors. Returning to Mexico in the early s, she brought enthusiasm and prestige to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, becoming one of the great divas of Mexican film.
With struggle and perseverance, she overcame the influence of men in both countries who hoped to dominate her, ultimately controlling her own life professionally and personally. Subject Del Rio, Dolores, Welsh, Choice. The biography offers a thorough depiction of the kinds of body work available and needed in Hollywood and then, importantly and thoughtfully, reveals how the older del Ro was almost too beautiful to play the roles she received in Mexico.
Milton, The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History "Hall has created a well-researched, readable biography of a major international star, first in Hollywood, then, later, in her native Mexico. Chapter 1.