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In 1930, she married Cedric Gibbons, one of MGM's leading art directors and production designers. With the advent of talkies she was usually relegated to exotic and unimportant roles, but scored successes with Flying Down to Rio (the film that launched the careers of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) (1933) and Madame DuBarry (1934).
Dolores del Rнo (August 3, 1905 — April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress. She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and became an important actress in Mexican films later in her life.
Born Dolores Martнnez Asъnsolo y Lуpez Negrete in Durango, Mexico, del Rнo was the cousin of actor Ramуn Novarro. Her wealthy family lost all their assets during the Mexican Revolution, and a desire to restore her comfortable lifestyle inspired her to follow a career as an actress. In 1921 at the age of 16, she married Jaime del Rнo, and through a Hollywood friend the couple emigrated to the USA with the plan of establishing show business careers for themselves: as screenwriter and actress, respectively.
The marriage ended in divorce, but del Rнo retained her married name, continued to pursue a career as an actress, and made her first film appearance in Joanna (1925) in which Hollywood first noticed her appeal as a sex siren, but struggled against the "Mexicali Rose" image initially pitched to her by Hollywood executives. She was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926 (along with fellow newcomers Joan Crawford, Fay Wray, Janet Gaynor, and Mary Astor), but initially overcame prejudice that same year in one of that year's biggest screen successes, What Price Glory. She came to be admired as one of the most beautiful women on screen, and her career flourished until the end of the silent era.
Divorced from Gibbons in 1941, Orson Welles, the whiz kid boy genius who made Citizen Kane, fell madly in love with her although he was 10 years younger. The affair with Orson Welles was reported to have been the cause of her divorce from Gibbons in 1941, but that is far from certain, in particular considering the Hollywood reputation of Gibbons' sexual orientation. She collaborated with Welles in the film, Journey Into Fear (1942).
She returned to Mexico in 1942. She was soon approached by director Emilio Fernбndez, and she began making Spanish-language films that brought her great success in Mexico over the next twenty years. She was nominated for Mexico's Silver Ariel Award five times, winning two awards for her performances.
In 1960 she starred with Elvis Presley in the Western Flaming Star directed by Don Siegel. In 1964 she appeared in Cheyenne Autumn directed by John Ford.
She died from liver disease at the age of 77 in Laguna Beach, California, and was buried in the Panteуn de Dolores cemetery in Mexico City, Mexico.
Dolores del Rнo has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1620 Vine Street, in recognition of her contributions to the motion picture industry.
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