OK, Elvis fans. When you think of Elvis movies and Elvis’ leading ladies, who comes to mind?
For me, definitely two.
Of course, the yummy Ann-Margret in “Viva Las Vegas.”
Elvis stated his favorite leading lady was…
Shelley Fabares, pictured above in “Girl Happy.” She appeared in other Elvis films as well.
She appeared in two Elvis films: “Loving You”(above) in 1957 and “King Creole” (below) in 1958.
After the Elvis movies she debuted on Broadway, winning a 1959 Theatre World Award as well as a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress for her role in The Pleasure of His Company.
In 1960, Hart got a big break, starring in “Where the Boys Are” Four more films came, the last opposite Hugh O’Brian in 1963’s “Come Fly with Me.”
Hart decided to leave the movie business, got engaged to Los Angeles businessman Don Robinson, and subsequently broke off the engagement.
Then came a move that startled the industry when Hart was just 25.
The actress became a Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Today at the age of 78, she is the Rev. Mother Dolores Hart, prioress, or second-in-charge, at the abbey.
This clip features Elvis and Hart from the 1957 movie “Loving You.”
Hart has written a book.
And in 2011 Hart was the focus of a documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis.”