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Also Known As: Dolores Asunsolo, Lolita Dolores Martinez Asunsolo Lopez Negrette Died: April 11, 1983
Born: August 3, 1905 Cause of Death: liver failure
Birth Place: Durango, MX Profession: actor, dancer

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Easily one of the most beautiful women of her era and one of the most gorgeous people ever to make it to the ranks of film stardom. Del Rio's career in the 1920s and 30s unfortunately suffered from too many exotic, two-dimensional roles designed with Hollywood's cliched ideas of ethnic minorities in mind. Her best-remembered film from this period is "Flying Down to Rio" (1933), which partnered Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for the first time. One of her more interesting parts was her last American lead, in "Journey Into Fear" (1942), set up by and co-starring Del Rio's then paramour, Orson Welles. It took a return to the stage and screen in her native Mexico (where she won that country's equivalent of a Best Actress Oscar four times and was lauded as "the first lady of Mexican theater") and later Hollywood character parts (e.g., in John Ford's "The Fugitive" 1947 and his "Cheyenne Autumn" 1964) for her talent to be fully displayed.

Easily one of the most beautiful women of her era and one of the most gorgeous people ever to make it to the ranks of film stardom. Del Rio's career in the 1920s and 30s unfortunately suffered from too many exotic, two-dimensional roles designed with Hollywood's cliched ideas of ethnic minorities in mind. Her best-remembered film from this period is "Flying Down to Rio" (1933), which partnered Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for the first time. One of her more interesting parts was her last American lead, in "Journey Into Fear" (1942), set up by and co-starring Del Rio's then paramour, Orson Welles. It took a return to the stage and screen in her native Mexico (where she won that country's equivalent of a Best Actress Oscar four times and was lauded as "the first lady of Mexican theater") and later Hollywood character parts (e.g., in John Ford's "The Fugitive" 1947 and his "Cheyenne Autumn" 1964) for her talent to be fully displayed.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Children of Sanchez, The (1978) Grandma
2.
 More Than a Miracle (1967) Princess Mother
3.
 Cheyenne Autumn (1964) Spanish woman
4.
 La Cucaracha (1961) Isabel Puente
5.
 Flaming Star (1960) Neddy Burton
6.
 Journey into Fear (1942) Josette Maretl
7.
 The Man from Dakota (1940) Jenny
8.
 International Settlement (1938) Lenore Dixon
9.
 The Devil's Playground (1937) Carmen
10.
 Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937) Herself
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1910:
Family fled to Mexico City to escape Pancho Villa
1912:
Began taking dancing lessons from noted dancer Felipa Lopez (date approximate)
1925:
Painter friend Adolfo Best Maugard brought honeymooning director Edwin Carewe and his wife Mary Aiken and married film stars Claire Windsor and Bert Lytell to visit Del Rios; Carewe offered Del Rio a Hollywood contract
1925:
Arrived in Hollywood August 27
1925:
Film acting debut in "Joanna"
1926:
Selected as one of 13 WAMPAS (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) "Baby Stars" of the year
1926:
After small parts in four films, played first important lead in "What Price Glory?"
1929:
Voice first heard on film in part-talkie, "Evangeline"
:
Under contract to RKO in early 1930s
1932:
Starred in film, "Girl of the Rio", which drew formal protest from the Mexican government for portraying the Mexican system of justice as "a reflection of who could pay the most for the verdict of their liking"
1934:
Beauty ranked second only to Garbo's by famed photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene in August issue of Photoplay magazine
1936:
Journeyed to England to star in "Accused"
1942:
Last Hollywood lead, "Journey Into Fear"
1943:
Returned to Mexico; signed contract giving her a percentage of the profits from her films
1947:
One-shot return to Hollywood at John Ford's request; played opposite Henry Fonda in Ford's "The Fugitive"
:
Criticized during the McCarthy era of the 1950s for having aided anti-Franco refugees from the Spanish Civil War
1956:
Debuted onstage in New England summer stock touring production of "Anastasia"
1957:
Made US TV debut in "Old Spanish Custom", an episode of the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars"
1958:
Debuted on Mexican stage in Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windemere's Fan", which she had filmed in Buenos Aires in 1948
1960:
Returned to Hollywood; played Elvis Presley's mother in "Flaming Star"
1978:
Appeared in first American film in nearly a dozen years, opposite Anthony Quinn in "The Children of Sanchez"; also her last
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