1960: ‘Summer’ finds a Hart

'Boys' actress jumps to new projects

July 18, 1960:

GOOD MORNING: Dolores Hart who bounced from Allied’s “Plunderers” to MGM’s “Where the Boys Are” and next UA’s “Joyful Beggar,” is also set for Wallis’ “Summer and Smoke.” She’s always wanted to work with Anna Magnani, Judith Anderson, Geraldine Page and Ingrid Bergman. After “Smoke,” the talented young thesp will have only Bergman left to join… She’d turn the stage red light on and off to be in a pic with her… With all the young players in “Where the Boys Are,” (George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton) director Henry Levin quipped, “Someone also suggested Jack Kennedy — but he’s too young!” Candidate Kennedy, delivering his first speech as Demo standard bearer, showed he’ll need no Hollywood assistance in either learning lines, delivery or television savvy. A very remarkable debut at Friday p.m.’s Coliseum campaign opener ….2008 Update: I spoke (by phone) with Mother Dolores Hart, the Prioress of Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Conn., as she readies to attend a breakfast in her honor Saturday in Rochester, Mich. It will toast her 70th birthday (Oct. 20.). One of her fans, Barbara M. Middleton, has organized the breakfast honoring Hart. Among those coming is Patricia Neal plus videos and letters from Maria Janis Cooper, daughter of Gary Cooper. Tommy Sands, Bob Wagner, Lynn Redgrave, Marsha Hunt, Karl Malden Veronique Peck and Carol Burnett. Dolores Hart’s voice was joyous as we talked about “Where the Boys Are,” the above column and the event Saturday. And the fact that she and Dick Deneut are completing her autobiog after seven years’ work. She continues to take treatments in N.Y. for neuropathy every two weeks and gives her positive outlook to others who have the same problem. She also said she’ll undergo knee surgery next month. But she laughingly added, “Old actresses never die!” She continues her membership in the Academy and votes in the Oscar derby — she receives the DVDs sent her regularly during the campaign.