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Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth (real name Margarita Carmen Cansino) (October 17, 1918 - May 14, 1987) was a famous American film star during the 1940s nicknamed "The Love Goddess".

First attracting attention of film producers as part of the dance team "The Dancing Cansinos", she was signed first by Fox studios, then free-lanced for several years before signing with Columbia. After a name change from Rita Cansino to Rita Hayworth, and painful electrolysis to raise her hairline, Rita made a splash as part of the ensemble cast in Howard Hawks' "Only Angels Have Wings". Her "other woman" part in Rouben Mamoulian's "Blood and Sand" solidified her new-found stardom.

Her well-known films include You'll Never Get Rich (1941), Gilda (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), and the 1953 remake of Sadie Thompson.

Shy and reclusive in real life, Rita was the antithesis of the characters she played. She once complained famously that all the man she knew fell in love with Gilda, but woke up with her. She was married five times, including a union with Orson Welles from 1944-1948. She was also very close to frequent co-star and next door neighbor Glenn Ford. After about 1960 she suffered from early onset of Alzheimer's disease which was not diagnosed until 1980. Lynda Carter starred in a 1983 biopic of her life.

Following her death in 1987, she was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.

External links

  • IMDb filmography
  • Rita Hayworth Photos

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