Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth
Date of Birth:
Oct 17, 1918
Actress, Dancer
Eduardo Cansino Sr., Volga Haworth
Edward C. Judson,(married 1937–1942), Orson Welles,(married 1943–1947), Prince Aly Khan,(married 1949–1953), Dick Haymes,(married 1953–1955), James Hill,(married 1958–1961)
2, Including Yasmin Aga Khan
Years active:
5 Ft 6 In (168 Cm)
May 14, 1987 (Alzheimer's Disease)
Resting place:
Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California

Rita Hayworth - Biography Summary

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 "The 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.

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