Of Irish and Italian extraction.
She received an honorary doctorate from Fairfield University in 2004.
Suffers from neuropathy, a crippling disease she has had since 1997.
She is now called Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, and is prioress of Regina Laudis (Queen of Praise) Abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut.
At the time she became a nun, she was engaged to marry Don Robinson. He never married and remained a close friend.