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Dolores Del Rio: Beauty in Light and Shade



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Stanford Univ Pr
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Dolores del Rio's enormously successful career in Hollywood, in Mexico, and internationally illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, and gender through the lenses of beauty and celebrity. She and her husband left Mexico in 1925, as both their well-to-do families suffered from the economic downturn that followed the Mexican Revolution. Far from being stigmatized as a woman of color, this Mexican star was acknowledged as the epitome of beauty in the Hollywood of the 1920s and early 1930s. While she insisted upon her ethnicity, she was nevertheless coded white by the film industry and its fans, and she appeared for more than a decade as a romantic lead opposite white actors. Returning to Mexico in the early 1940s, she brought enthusiasm and prestige to the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, becoming one of the great divas of Mexican film. With struggle and perseverance, she overcame the influence of men in both countries who hoped to dominate her, ultimately controlling her own life professionally and personally.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Note on Translation and Orthographyp. xiii
Beauty, Celebrity, and Power in Two Culturesp. 1
Mexican Princessp. 21
Hollywood Baby Beautyp. 43
Unwelcome Trianglep. 70
Pushing the Envelopep. 92
Fame and Its Perilsp. 121
Second Chancep. 146
Affairp. 176
Returnp. 204
Resurrectionp. 225
Divap. 252
Iconp. 275
Notesp. 301
Filmographyp. 335
Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 343
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