Google honors actress Dolores del Rio with new Doodle

By Wade Sheridan  |  Aug. 3, 2017 at 6:47 AM
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Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Google is celebrating influential Mexican actress Dolores Del Rio on what would have been her 113th birthday with a new Doodle.

Google's homepage features artwork depicting the star looking off into the distance as she is surrounded by beautiful flowers.

Described by the company as an "iconic figure during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema," and as the "first major Latin American crossover Hollywood star," Del Rio got her start in film after meeting filmmaker Edwin Carewe who convinced her to move to California.

"Just a year after her first film, Del Río's first major success came in the 1926 comedy-drama war film What Price Glory? When she moved from silent films to "talkies" in the 1930s, she earned starring roles and appeared in films opposite stars like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, eventually returning to Mexico where she quickly became one of the top actresses in the Mexican film industry," Google wrote of Del Rio's career.

Del Rio also starred in films such as Ramona, Madame du Barry and Journey into Fear. Outside of films, Del Rio was a philanthropist and an advocate for the arts. The actress was the first woman to sit on the Cannes film festival jury in addition to helping co-fund the Society for the Protection of the Artistic Treasures of Mexico and helping to create a childcare care center for members of the Mexican Actor's Guild.

"A trailblazer for women in Hollywood and beyond, Dolores Del Rio's legacy endures in American and Mexican cinema," Google noted.

Del Rio died at the age of 77 in 1983.

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