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March 10-12, 2000
volume 11, no. 50

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HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD:
MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE

INTRODUCTION     In order to provide the reader more than just a rehash of what a movie or video is all about which really only serves to promote a film or program despite the rating, we have decided to bring you a more in-depth feature by enlisting Michael Vincent Boyer, editor and publisher of the excellent monthly tabloid magazine "Goodbye Hollywood". Like fellow columnist Pat Ludwa, Michael also hails from northern Ohio but for the past twenty plus years has lived in the deep south. Yet, because of his intrinsic inside work with the Hollywood establishment as Director of the Alabama Film Commission, he is well aware of the state of the industry and most of what he has seen is not compatable with the teachings of the Church. For that reason he began his monthly publication and has begun writing a regular in-depth, thought-provoking, sometimes shocking column for the DailyCATHOLIC. After Lent he will expand even further in providing a brief daily guide of programs that may not be all they're cracked up to be, or a program that might slip through the cracks and be forgotten even though it is excellent. This happens often and Michael will be on top of it to enlighten readers as to what Hollywood is truly up to as he infiltrates the devil's workshop - Hollywood USA!

   Because he will dealing with how all this affects Catholics we are calling the column: "HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD" with the subtitles: "MOVIES & MORALS." Also, because he will be treating videos both in VCR rentals and video games and how we need to be on our guard, we're also subtitling it: "VIDEOS & VIRTUES;" and finally, he'll also be covering programs and programming decisions for television and how we need to keep in mind the great cardinal virtue of Temperance to guard and guide us in our viewing - thus subtitling it: "TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE." Therefore, all three subtitles are appropriate to effectively convey the topics he'll be covering.

   For past columns by Michael Vincent Boyer, see MOVIES & MORALS-VIDEOS & VIRTUES-TELEVISION & TEMPERANCE Archives.    If you want to send him ideas or feedback, you can reach him at mboyer@goodbye-hollywood.com


    What Hollywood doesn't want you to know

    Delores Hart said goodbye to Hollywood and answered God's call to "Come Fly with Me"

        " She had exceptional intuitive extincts and realized that no matter how famous or rich Elvis was there was something missing. She surmised it was the peace of God as she remarked in 1959, 'Elvis is a young man with an enormous capacity of love...but I don't think he has found his happiness. I think he is terribly lonely.' "

          Soon after Elvis Presley became a national celebrity in 1956 with his appearance on network television - most notably "The Ed Sullivan Hour," he began a series of movies in the late 1950ís that were considered his best showcase for the singing talent of the rising star. In one of his early films, the 1957 drama "Loving You," a young actress by the name of Delores Hart made her film debut as the character Susan Jessup who sings with Elvis. Her outstanding performance led to another role with Elvis in 1958ís "King Creole." In the 1981 biographical film "This is Elvis," home movies taken during breaks in filming show Hart playing the clarinet while Elvis plays piano. Hart was an accomplished singer and musician in addition to her highly praised film roles. She had exceptional intuitive extincts and realized that no matter how famous or rich Elvis was there was something missing. She surmised it was the peace of God as she remarked in 1959, "Elvis is a young man with an enormous capacity of love...but I don't think he has found his happiness. I think he is terribly lonely."

          Hart was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 20, 1938, the daughter of actor Bert Hicks who starred in movies of the thirties and forties. He passed on those genes to his daughter whose first film was the 1957 film "Wild is the Wind" before being cast in "Loving You." Hart was known as an actress deeply concerned for her fellow actors and crew members during filming. She displayed a tremendous warmth and sincerity to listen and offer positive guidance for those who came to her with personal and professional problems in search of answers and solutions. This compassion was evident throughout her career as she continued her acting into the early sixities starring in a number of "youth films" such as "Lonelyhearts" where she played the leading role as Justy Sargent, aka Miss lonelyheart and as Merritt Andrews in one of the first beach movies - "Where the Boys Are."

          While she was very popular with boys who went to the movies because of her teen-age looks and wholesome portrayals, she had it all and yet realized there was so much more. What many believe was the turning point in Delores' life came while shooting the 1961 epic "Francis of Assisi" on location in the Umbrian climes of Assisi in Italy. Here in this hallowed land of the great founder of the Franciscans, Bradford Dillman played the role of Francis and she played another great saint, donning the Franciscan habit as Saint Clare of Assisi.

          Though she would star in two more films after starring in "Francis of Assisi," many within the industry realized Delores had higher aspirations since had always searched for a deeper understanding of God and His guidance. In 1963, after her final film "Come Fly with Me" she had been engaged to Don Robinson but realized marriage was not for her and broke off the engagement, saying goodbye to Hollywood and willingly flying into God's loving arms by joining a Benedictine convent where she immersed herself in the study of Godís word. Two years later her father died in Pacoima, California and this only solidified Dolores' desire to serve God for the world was so fleeting and temporal. By 1970, Delores Hart took her final vows to become a Benedictine nun. As of today Delores Hart, born Delores Hicks, is now Mother Superior of the strictly cloistered Benedictine Convent of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticutt where she continues to deeply influence both new friends and old in search of spiritual truth, chanting the Daily Office in Latin eight times a day and living the Rule of Saint Benedict on 350 acres of land away from the public glare. She couldn't be happier!

    Michael Vincent Boyer

              

March 10-12, 2000
volume 11, no. 50
HOW HOLY WOULD HELP HOLLYWOOD

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