“Dolores del Río, An Icon of Beauty and Ethnicity in Two Cultures”
Mexican actress Dolores del Río was deemed the epitome of beauty in the Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s. She insisted upon her ethnicity but was coded white by the film industry and cast in romantic roles opposite white leading men. After returning home in the early 1940s, her prestige helped usher in the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Her life and successful career in the United States and Mexico illuminate issues of race, ethnicity, and gender through the lenses of beauty and celebrity. Dr. Linda B. Hall is distinguished professor of history at the University of New Mexico. This presentation is sponsored by the EWU History department. Refreshments provided. Part of the EWU Women’s Studies Center program.