"God Is the Bigger Elvis," Rebecca Cammisa's Oscar-nominated short subject, which comes to HBO Thursday -- Holy Thursday, by the Catholic calendar -- tells the story of Dolores Hart, who turned her back on Hollywood stardom in the early 1960s to become a Benedictine nun.
"I often wonder why the Lord gave me such an opportunity to audition for Elvis," wonders Hart, who still gets and answers fan mail. ("What are you doing now?" one young admirer writes.)
She made her movie debut opposite Presley in the 1957 "Loving You," reteamed with him the next year in "King Creole," and made eight more movies and starred on Broadway before entering the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., of which she is now the mother prioress.
"I grew up fast," Hart remembers, without elaborating, of her glamour-magazine Hollywood life.
She was a practicing Catholic that whole time, however, and had been contemplating a life of contemplation almost to the eve of her marriage to architect Don Hamilton. He has never gotten over her and, the implication is, as we see them reunite and part again, she has never completely gotten over him.