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Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth
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Hayworth in Down to Earth (1947)
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino
(1918-10-17)October 17, 1918
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died May 14, 1987(1987-05-14) (aged 68)
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Resting place Holy Cross Cemetery,
Culver City, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1931–1972
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
  • Rebecca Welles Manning (1944–2004)
  • Yasmin Aga Khan
    (b. December 28, 1949)
Parent(s) Eduardo Cansino, Sr.
Volga Hayworth
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Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "love goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir, Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, called her his favorite dance partner. Her greatest success was in the Technicolor musical Cover Girl (1944), with Gene Kelly. She is listed as one of the top-25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute's survey, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars.

In 1980, Hayworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which contributed to her death at age 68. The public disclosure and discussion of her illness drew attention to Alzheimer's, and helped to increase public and private funding for Alzheimer's research.

Hayworth was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918 as Margarita Carmen Cansino, the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr., was from Castilleja de la Cuesta, a little town near Seville, Spain. Her mother, Volga Hayworth, was an American of Irish-English descent who had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. The couple married in 1917. They also had two sons: Eduardo Cansino, Jr. and Vernon Cansino.

Year Title Role Notes
1926 La Fiesta Short subject
Credited as Rita Cansino
1934 Cruz Diablo Extra Uncredited
1935 In Caliente Credited as Rita Cansino
1935 Under the Pampas Moon Carmen Credited as Rita Cansino
1935 Charlie Chan in Egypt Nayda Credited as Rita Cansino
1935 Dante's Inferno Dancer Credited as Rita Cansino
1935 Piernas de seda Ballerina Credited as Rita Cansino
1935 Hi, Gaucho! Dolores Uncredited
1935 Paddy O'Day Tamara Petrovitch Credited as Rita Cansino
1936 Professional Soldier Gypsy Dancer Credited as Rita Cansino
1936 Human Cargo Carmen Zoro Credited as Rita Cansino
1936 Dancing Pirate Specialty Dancer Uncredited
1936 Meet Nero Wolfe Maria Maringola Credited as Rita Cansino
1936 Rebellion Paula Castillo Alternative title: Lady from Frisco
Credited as Rita Cansino
1937 Old Louisiana Angela Gonzales Alternative title: Louisiana Gal
Credited as Rita Cansino
1937 Hit the Saddle Rita Credited as Rita Cansino
1937 Trouble in Texas Carmen Serano Credited as Rita Cansino
1937 Criminals of the Air Rita Owens
1937 Girls Can Play Sue Collins
1937 The Game That Kills Betty Holland
1937 Life Begins with Love Dinner Guest's Girl Friend Uncredited
1937 Paid to Dance Betty Morgan Alternative title: Hard to Hold
1937 The Shadow Mary Gillespie
1938 Who Killed Gail Preston? Gail Preston
1938 Special Inspector Patricia Lane Alternative title: Across the Border
1938 There's Always a Woman Mary—Ketterling's Secretary Uncredited
1938 Convicted Jerry Wheeler
1938 Juvenile Court Marcia Adams
1938 The Renegade Ranger Judith Alvarez
1939 Homicide Bureau J.G. Bliss
1939 The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt Karen
1939 Only Angels Have Wings Judy MacPherson
1940 Music in My Heart Patricia O'Malley
1940 Blondie on a Budget Joan Forrester
1940 Susan and God Leonora Stubbs
1940 The Lady in Question Natalie Roguin
1940 Angels Over Broadway Nina Barona
1941 The Strawberry Blonde Virginia Brush
1941 Affectionately Yours Irene Malcolm
1941 Blood and Sand Dona Sol
1941 You'll Never Get Rich Sheila Winthrop
1942 My Gal Sal Sally Elliott
1942 Tales of Manhattan Ethel Halloway
1942 You Were Never Lovelier Maria Acuña
1944 Cover Girl Rusty Parker/Maribelle Hicks
1945 Tonight and Every Night Rosalind Bruce
1946 Gilda Gilda Mundson Farrell
1947 Down to Earth Terpsichore/Kitty Pendleton
1947 The Lady from Shanghai Elsa Bannister
1948 The Loves of Carmen Carmen
Producer (uncredited)
1952 Affair in Trinidad Chris Emery
Producer (uncredited)
1953 Salome Princess Salome Alternative title: Salome: The Dance of the Seven Veils
Producer (uncredited)
1953 Miss Sadie Thompson Sadie Thompson
1957 Fire Down Below Irena
1957 Pal Joey Vera Prentice-Simpson
1958 Separate Tables Ann Shankland
1959 They Came to Cordura Adelaide Geary
1959 The Story on Page One Josephine Brown/Jo Morris
1961 The Happy Thieves Eve Lewis Producer (uncredited)
1964 Circus World Lili Alfredo
1965 The Money Trap Rosalie Kenny
1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower (TV) Monique Marko
1967 The Rover Aunt Caterina Alternative title: L'avventuriero
1968 The Bastard Martha Alternative title: I bastardi
1970 Road to Salina Mara Alternative title: La route de Salina
1971 The Naked Zoo Mrs. Golden
1971 The Carol Burnett Show (TV series) Herself Episode #4.20
1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV series) Herself Episode #5.3
1972 The Wrath of God Señora De La Plata

  • Rebecca Welles Manning (1944–2004)
  • Yasmin Aga Khan
    (b. December 28, 1949)
  • McLean, Adrienne L (2004). Being Rita Hayworth: Labor, Identity, and Hollywood Stardom. .
  • Peary, Gerald (1976). Rita Hayworth: A Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies. .
  • Ringgold, Gene (1974). The Films of Rita Hayworth: The Legend and Career of a Love Goddess. .
  • Roberts-Frenzel, Caren (2001). Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective. .
  • Moss, Budd Burton (2015). HOLLYWOOD: Sometimes the Reality is Better Than the Dream.


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