Nun on Red Carpet: Mother Dolores Hart

Blog Published: February 27, 2012
By Sister Julie

What’s a cloistered nun like you doing at an awards show like this? That was the question on many a star’s mind last night. Reverend Mother Dolores Hart graced the red carpet at last night’s Oscars. Perez Hilton snagged a great clip where Mother Dolores steals the show from Tim Gunn and Maya Rudolph when she appears to the right during the primetime red carpet interview.


So what was she doing there? For one, she stars in Academy-nominated God Is the Bigger Elvis, a film about her journey from actor to nun. The award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) eluded her, but I’m guessing she celebrated with the folks of the Pakistani documentary film Saving Face. Mother Dolores also happens to be a card-carrying member of the Academy. She faithfully reviews the movies, including (insert exaggerated gasp) R-rated movies. I love this quote from Mother Dolores:

“I’m not afraid of sex in [movies],” she said. “Sex is not evil; it’s part of life . . . watching movies always tells me what’s happening in civilization and how much people are suffering.” (source)

It’s cool to have nuns represented in do many sectors of life including the movies! Mother Dolores is a cloistered Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

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Marsha West February 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Hey, folks, I’ve BEEN there, to Regina Laudis Monastery. But I don’t think I saw Mother Delores. (Not sure since everyone was habited.) Don and I were just tootling around the CT countryside, saw the side, turned down the lane, and saw a sign inviting visitors to come to the chapel to hear the prayers. It was GORGEOUS. I do have their Chant album from that time.

marla February 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I wonder if the other cloistered nuns watch with her, or if the Reverend Mother views these flicks on her own.

Sister Julie February 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Interestingly, Mother Dolores said only her parrot watches with her.

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