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RITA HAYWORTH

Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire & Cole Porter - "You'll Never Get Rich" 1941
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11" x 14" Original Vintage Lobby Card

Rita Hayworth, Tyrone Power, & Linda Darnell
"Blood and Sand" 1940
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11" x 14" Original Vintage Lobby Card

Original Vintage 40's Photo by
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Bert Kopperl - Van Nuys, Cal
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Biography for
Rita Hayworth

Nickname
The Love Goddess
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Height
5' 6"
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Mini biography
Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita trained as a dancer from early childhood. At age 12, mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted 3 years later by Fox studio head Winfield Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno (1935). Her Fox contract was dropped after 5 small roles, but expert, exploitative promotion by first husband Edward Judson soon brought Rita a new contract at Columbia, where studio head Harry Cohn (I) changed her name to Hayworth and approved raising her hairline by electrolysis. After 13 mainly minor roles, Columbia lent her to Warner Brothers for her first big success, Strawberry Blonde, The (1941); her splendid dancing with Astaire in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) made her a star. In person Rita was shy, quiet, and unassuming; only when the cameras rolled did she turn on the explosive sexual charisma that in Gilda (1946) made her a superstar. To Rita, though, domestic bliss was a more important, if elusive, goal, and in 1949 she interrupted her career for marriage, unhappy almost from the start, to playboy Prince Aly Khan. Her films after divorce from Aly include perhaps her best straight acting performances, Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) and They Came to Cordura (1959). From 1960 (age 42), early onset of Alzheimer's disease (undiagnosed until 1980) limited Rita's powers; the last few roles in her 60-film career were increasingly small. Almost helpless by 1981, Rita was cared for by daughter Yasmin until her death at age 68.
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Mini biography
Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 17, 1918 into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He immigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, was trained as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was 8 when her family was filmed in a movie called LA FIESTA in 1926. It was her first film appearance, albeit uncredited, but by no means was it to be her last. Rita was seen dancing by a Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's 'second' debut was in the film CRAZY DIABLO in 1934 at the age of 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of Rita Cansino until she played the second female lead in ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS in 1939 when she played Judy McPherson. By this time she was at Columbia where she was getting top billing but it was Warner Brothers film THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE in 1941 that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. This was the film that exuded the warmth and seductive vitality that was to make her famous. Her natural, raw beauty was showcased later that year in BLOOD AND SAND filmed in Technicolor. She was probably the second most popular actress after Betty Grable. In YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH with Fred Astaire, in 1941, was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had trained all her life, was astounding. After the hit GILDA in 1946, her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier work. The drought began between THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI in 1948 and CHAMPAGNE SAFARI in 1952. Then after 1953's SALOME she was not seen again until PAL JOEY in 1957. Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by the new star at Columbia, Kim Novak. After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960's her career was essentially over. Her final film was THE WRATH OF GOD in 1972. Her career was really never the same after GILDA. Her dancing had made the film and had made her. Perhaps Gene Ringold said it best when he remarked, "Rita Hayworth is not an actress of great depth. She was a dancer, a glamorous personality and a sex symbol. These qualities are such that they can carry her no further professionally". Perhaps he was right but Hayworth fans would vehemently disagree with him. Rita, herself, said, "Every man I have known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me". By 1980, Rita was, wracked with Alzheimer's Disease. It ravaged her so, that she finally died on May 14, 1987 in New York City. She was 68.
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Spouse
James Hill (II) (2 February 1958 - September 1961) (divorced)
Dick Haymes (24 September 1953 - 12 December 1955) (divorced)
Prince Aly Khan (27 May 1949 - 26 January 1953) (divorced); 1 daughter Yasmin Khan
Orson Welles (7 September 1943 - 1 December 1948) (divorced); 1 daughter Rebecca Welles
'Edward C. Judson' (29 May 1937 - 24 May 1943) (divorced)

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Trivia

The annual Rita Hayworth charity gala, managed by daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, raised $1.8 million in 1999 alone for the Alzheimer's Assn.

Rita appeared in 5 movies with classic leading actor, Glenn Ford, best known for their romantic pairing in the classic hit Gilda (1946).

(October 1997) Ranked #98 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Some legends say the Margarita cocktail was named for her when she was dancing under her real name in a Tijuana, Mexico nightclub.

Daughter of Eduardo Cansino

Rita's dancer father Eduardo Cansino, himself the son of a dancer, came to New York from Spain in 1913 with sister Elisa.

Mother, showgirl Volga Hayworth (sometimes spelled Haworth) met Eduardo on Broadway in 1916; they married 1917.

Rita's first (uncredited) appearance on film was with the dancing Cansino family in a Vitaphone short 'La Fiesta (1926)'.

Rita appeared 5 times on the cover of "Life" Magazine.

The famous Bob Landry photo of Rita in "Life", 11 August 1941, p. 33, made her the number 2 soldier pin-up of World War II.

Rita's singing was dubbed by Nan Wynn (1941-44), Martha Mears (1945), Anita Ellis (1946-48), and Jo Ann Greer (1952-57).

Rita's own singing voice is heard in the introductions to her songs (otherwise dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) in 'Pal Joey (1957)'.

Daughters: Rebecca Welles, born 17 December 1945; Yasmin Khan born 28 December 1949.

Owns the production company "Hillworth Productions A.G." together with her 5th husband James Hill (II).

Rita Hayworth played the sister of Barbara Stanwyck in Message to Garcia, A (1936), but after a test screening all her scenes were cut at the request of Darryl F. Zanuck.

Her face was glued onto an A-bomb which was dropped on the Bikini Atol during a test in 1946.

Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, USA, in the Grotto section, L196, #6 (to the right of the main sidewalk, near the curb).

(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#54).

Through her father she is descended from the Spanish Jews.

Through her mother she is part Irish and part English.

Sort-of cousin of Ginger Rogers. Rita's uncle married Ginger's aunt.
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Personal quotes

"Men go to bed with Gilda, but wake up with me."

"I haven't had everything from life. I've had too much."

"If this was happiness, imagine what the rest of her life had been." - Orson Welles

"There was an electricity on the set and it was translated to the screen." - Glenn Ford on the filming of Gilda (1946)

"What you saw on the screen was truth. I adored Rita and she was very close to me." - Glenn Ford

"The whole wicked Gilda (1946) figure was absolutely false. It was a total impersonation, like Lon Chaney or something..." - Orson Welles

"A whole different personality came out for the camera... It was an amazing transformation!" - Hermes Pan, choreographer

When asked what had held up her dress in Gilda, she replied "Two things."

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actress. (b. Oct. 17, 1918, Brooklyn, as Margarita Carmen Cansino; d. May 14, 1987.) One of the screen's premier "love goddesses," this Latin beauty enjoyed remarkable screen success following a humble beginning and a long grooming period. Born to professional dancers, she started dancing at age 12 and was working in Hollywood nightclubs at age 17. During one such engagement, the raven-haired, slightly chubby teen was spotted by Fox executive Winfield Sheehan, who enabled her to get a contract. Billed as Rita Cansino, she played exotic Latin dancers in 1935'sUnder the Pampas Moon (her first feature),Dante's Inferno andIn Caliente (on loan to Warner Bros.), and even delivered some dialogue as an Egyptian servant inCharlie Chan in Egypt that same year. The following year she was cut loose from Fox (following Sheehan's departure), but a star-struck Cansino now determined to become a successful movie actress. She freelanced in B Westerns-includingRebellion (1936);Old Louisiana, Trouble in Texas andHit the Saddle (all 1937)-before marrying businessman Edward Judson, an older man who took her under his wing and helped her get a contract with Columbia.

First billed as Rita Hayworth (above the title, at that) in a modest B mystery,The Shadow (1937), she learned her craft the hard way, toiling in low-budget quickies, sometimes playing the lead, sometimes in support.Criminals of the Air, The Game That Kills, Paid to Dance, Girls Can Play (all 1937),Who Killed Gail Preston?, Renegade Ranger (on loan to RKO for this George O'Brien horse opera),Juvenile Court, Convicted (all 1938),Homicide Bureau andThe Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (both 1939) aroused little interest from either critics or audiences, but they provided valuable learning experience for the supremely dedicated Hayworth, who lost weight, raised her hairline with electrolysis, and took elocution lessons. Columbia president Harry Cohn believed in Hayworth and pressed director Howard Hawks to use her as the "other woman" inOnly Angels Have Wings (1939), a hard-boiled adventure story about mail pilots in South America. She acquitted herself admirably, prompting Cohn to take her out of B pictures afterBlondie on a Budget (1940).

Cohn tested Hayworth on two 1940 "nervous A" pictures,Angels Over Broadway andMusic in My Heart before loaning her out to other studios. She appeared inSusan and God (1940), supporting Joan Crawford and Fredric March, for MGM; played an aristocratic Spanish temptress in a Technicolor remake ofBlood and Sand (1941) for 20th Century-Fox; and assumed the title role (having dyed her raven tresses red) inThe Strawberry Blonde (1941) for Warner Bros. She won enthusiastic reviews for her work in these films, which encouraged Cohn to bring her home and try her out in big-budget A vehicles. Fred Astaire, recently departed from RKO and Ginger Rogers, chose her to costar with him inYou'll Never Get Rich (1941) andYou Were Never Lovelier (1942), enjoyable musicals that showed a radiant Hayworth at her best. (Though her dancing was faultless, her singing voice was dubbed, as it always would be.)

Back at Fox, Hayworth-by now an established star and a national pinup favorite, thanks to a sultry negligee shot originally taken for "Life" magazinestarred in a period musical,My Gal Sal and the episodic dramaTales of Manhattan (both 1942). That same year she divorced Judson to marrySal costar Victor Mature, but the proposed nuptials never came off and Hayworth began dating Orson Welles, whom she married the following year.

Cover Girl (1944), a lavish Technicolor musical, helped boost Hayworth into stardom's top ranks, even though the next year'sTonight and Every Night (the story of a London music hall that never closed during the WW2 bombings) was actually a better picture. Hayworth achieved another milestone in 1945: Her famous pinup shot was attached to the atomic bomb dropped on Bikini.Gilda (1946), probably her best-remembered picture, reteamed her with Glenn Ford-they first worked together in a 1940 programmer,The Lady in Question-for a steamy, corny, campy melodrama. In that film she performed a genteel (partial) striptease while singing the torchy "Put the Blame on Mame." That number ultimately became one of the most frequently anthologized sequences in movie history.

The Technicolor musicalsDown to Earth (1947, a semi-sequel to the nonmusical Columbia hitHere Comes Mr. Jordan andThe Loves of Carmen (1948) kept Rita's followers happy but broke no new ground. It wasThe Lady From Shanghai (1948), written, directed by, and starring Orson Welles (whom she had divorced the previous year), that really shocked moviegoers. For her role as a sultry seductress, Hayworth sheared off most of her lustrous locks and dyed what was left platinum. (This reportedly infuriated Cohn.) By this time anxious to prove herself a serious actress, Hayworth delivered a creditable performance as a femme fatale.

Her runaway romance with millionaire Moslem playboy Aly Khan-played out all over Europe-kept Hayworth off the screen for several years and engendered more than a little unfavorable publicity. She married him in 1949, had a daughter, and won a divorce in 1951. A heartbroken Hayworth, without money of her own, returned to Hollywood the following year to pick up where she'd left off at Columbia. She was immediately reteamed with Glenn Ford forAffair in Trinidad (1952), a mediocre attempt to fashion anotherGilda and the following year starred in a watered-down Biblical opus,Salome and a similarly diluted version of Somerset Maugham's "Rain,"Miss Sadie Thompson (which did feature one good musical number, "The Heat Is On"). Disturbed by her inability to regain the heights she'd reached in the mid 1940s, Hayworth clashed repeatedly with Cohn over story choices, budgets, and directors, with the result that she left Columbia again in 1953. The same year she married singer Dick Haymes, but the union was dissolved after just two years. Swallowing her pride, she returned to Columbia again to play second female lead inPal Joey (1957), with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. Her opportunities in that film were limited, but she made the most of them, particularly in the "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" number.

Hayworth gave creditable dramatic performances inSeparate Tables (1958),They Came to Cordura andThe Story on Page One (both 1959), and more or less walked throughThe Happy Thieves (1962),Circus World (1964),The Money Trap (reunited with old friend and costar Glenn Ford),The Poppy Is Also a Flower (both 1966),The Road to Salina (1971), and The Wrath of God (1972) before retiring from the screen. A victim of Alzheimer's disease, she was cared for in her later years by Yasmin, her daughter by Prince Aly Khan. She was portrayed in a 1983 TV movie, Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess by Lynda Carter.

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