Born Dolores Asúnsolo y López Negrete de Martínez del Río at Durango, Durango, México was the first Mexican movie star with international appeal and she made an extraordinary career in the 1920s Hollywood (specially for a latin girl on those years).
She was born and raised as an aristocrat, before the Mexican revolution. When her family lost almost everything they owned, Dolores emigrated to Mexico City, where she became a socialité.
In 1921, Dolores married Jaime Del Río (or Jaime Martínez Del Río) a rich Mexican with whom she knew Hollywood producer Edwin Carewe. In a not-so-fashionable way for those years, the couple emigrated to Hollywood where they expected to launch careers in movie business (she as an actress and he as a screenwriter).
Eventually they were divorced after Dolores made her first film, Joanna (1925). After that, she was praised as the female Rodolfo Valentino and her career rised until talkies arrived in 1928. After a number of forgettable films, Dolores got married with Cedric Gibbons, a famous art director and production designer at Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) studios.
Dolores returned to Mexico in 1942. Her Hollywood career was over and a romance with Orson Welles caused her second divorce. Mexican director Emilio Fernández asked her to star in Flor silvestre (1943) and the miracle happened: at 37, Dolores Del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in spanish for the first time. Her association with Fernández' team (Gabriel Figueroa, Mauricio Magdaleno and Pedro Armendáriz) was decissive in creating the so-called Mexican Cinema Golden Era.
With films like María Candelaria (1944), Las Abandonadas (1944) and Bugambilia (1944), Del Río became the prototipe of Mexican beauty in foreign countries. Her career included film, theater and television. In her last years, she was very praised for her work on orphan children. Her last film was The Children of Sanchez (1978).