Dolores del Río

Born Aug 3, 1905

Dolores del Río was a Mexican film actress. She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Later in life, she became an important actress in Mexican films. She was generally thought to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her era, and was the first Latin American movie star to have international appeal. In the silent film era, del Río was considered a counterpart to Rudolph Valentino.… Read More

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1904 Birth Born in 1904.


1921 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1921, a group of Mexican ladies led by Doña Barbarita Martínez del Río organized a party to benefit a local hospital in the Teatro Esperanza Iris. At this party, Dolores met Jaime Martínez del Río y Viñent, son of a wealthy family who had lost nothing during the Revolution. Jaime had been educated in England and had spent some time in Europe. After a two-month courtship, the couple wed on 11 April 1921. … Read More


1925 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1925, Edwin Carewe, an influential director at First National Films, had traveled to Mexico for the wedding of actors Bert Lytell and Claire Windsor, where he met Dolores and her husband. … Read More
1926 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1926, the director Raoul Walsh called del Río to cast her in What Price Glory?, a war film which was a great success. … Read More
1928 24 Years Old 1 More Event
When actress Renée Adorée was showing symptoms of tuberculosis, Dolores was selected for the lead role of the MGM film The Trail of '98, directed by Clarence Brown and filmed in 1928. … Read More
1929 - 1930 2 More Events
1931 27 Years Old In 1931, she fell seriously ill with a severe kidney infection. … Read More
1932 28 Years Old She scored a new success with the film Bird of Paradise in 1932, directed by King Vidor. … Read More
1933 29 Years Old Next, del Río filmed the successful musical film Flying Down to Rio in 1933, the film that first paired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. … Read More


1935 - 1936 2 More Events
1937 33 Years Old In 1937, with the support of Columbia Pictures, del Río filmed Devil's Playground opposite Chester Morris and Richard Dix. … Read More
1940 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Amid the decline of her career, in 1940 Dolores meets actor and filmmaker Orson Welles. … Read More
1942 38 Years Old At the beginning of 1942 del Río began work on Journey into Fear with Norman Foster as director and Welles as producer. … Read More


1945 41 Years Old In 1945, del Río filmed La selva de fuego directed by Fernando de Fuentes. … Read More
1947 43 Years Old She also worked in Argentina in 1947 in a film version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan named Historia de una mala mujer. … Read More
1949 45 Years Old In 1949, del Río worked again with Emilio Fernández in the film La Malquerida. … Read More
1950 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950 she filmed two movies again under Gavaldón direction: La casa chica (1950) and Desired, two dramas made in the classic style of the Mexican films of the era. … Read More


1954 50 Years Old In 1954, del Río was slated to appear in the 20th Century Fox film Broken Lance. … Read More
1956 52 Years Old In 1956, she was cleared to return to the United States following an interview with Louella Parsons in which she stated: "In Mexico we are worried and fighting against communism."
1959 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959, Mexican film director Ismael Rodríguez brought del Río and María Félix together in La Cucaracha. … Read More


1964 - 1978 4 More Events
1981 77 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1981, del Río was honored in the San Francisco Film Critics Circle in a ceremony presided by the film directors Francis Ford Coppola, Mervyn LeRoy and George Cukor. … Read More
1982 78 Years Old …  In 1982, del Río was admitted to the Medical Center of La Jolla, California, where hepatitis led to cirrhosis.
1983 79 Years Old On April 11, 1983, Dolores del Río died from liver disease, aged 78, in Newport Beach, California. … Read More
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