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Who was Dolores del Rio? Google honors Mexican actress with doodle

Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Dolores del Rio, the first Mexican actress to crack Hollywood. 

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The search engine site, which often uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the entertainer’s legacy on what would have been her 113th birthday. 

Born in 1904 in Mexico, del Rio began her career as a dancer and socialite. When American filmmaker Edwin Carewe visited her country for a wedding, he was so impressed by her work that he encouraged her to move to California for a chance at stardom.

Her first big break was in the 1920s with a silent comedy called “What Price Glory?” As the era of the silent films dwindled, she adopted English as her second language and snagged roles in several flicks including “Bird of Paradise” and “Flying Down to Rio.” Her flourishing career soon established her as a pioneer of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. 

By the 1940s, she returned to Mexico, where she continued to act in movies and later in theater, sharing the camera with other famous actors like Elvis Presley and Joseph Cotten. She eventually  earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Del Rio dedicated the latter part of her life to activism, founding Rosa Mexican, a union group that provided a nursery for Mexican Actor’s Guild members with children. She also helped create El Cervanito, an annual culture festival in Guanajuato, Mexico.

In the late 1970s, her health began to decline, and she died from liver disease at age 78. Since her death, she’s been honored with three statues in Mexico City, and in 2015, she was selected as the image of the American Film Institute Festival.

Now, Google is paying tribute. Check out the doodle archive to see Baker’s animated doodle. 

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