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Also Known As: Margarita Cansino, Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Cansino, Rita Cansino, Princess Aly Khan Died: May 14, 1987
Born: October 17, 1918 Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, dancer

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Where Hollywood glamour was concerned, one thing was undeniable - there never was a woman like Rita Hayworth. The ultimate Hollywood bombshell of the wartime 1940's, titian-haired Hayworth left a mark on the silver screen that would make her a movie icon for generations to follow. Growing up in show business, Hayworth began her career as a Spanish dancer, a considerable talent that later set her apart from other leading ladies. It was Hayworth's sultry roles, however, that made her a star. As the femme fatale star of "Gilda" (1946), Hayworth most famously raised pulses with just the flip of her hair and the slow, seductive removal of a single black satin glove. With her signature wavy, auburn hair and charismatic smile, the sexy actress quickly became a popular pin-up girl during WWII - her likeness was even painted on the side of the atomic bomb tested at Bikini Atoll. Though she was know as the Love Goddess, the very shy Hayworth struggled in her own personal life, claiming famously that "men would fall in love with Gilda but awaken with me." But with a talent and beauty like none other, Hayworth captured the hearts of moviegoers as one of Hollywood's greatest movie goddesses. ...

Where Hollywood glamour was concerned, one thing was undeniable - there never was a woman like Rita Hayworth. The ultimate Hollywood bombshell of the wartime 1940's, titian-haired Hayworth left a mark on the silver screen that would make her a movie icon for generations to follow. Growing up in show business, Hayworth began her career as a Spanish dancer, a considerable talent that later set her apart from other leading ladies. It was Hayworth's sultry roles, however, that made her a star. As the femme fatale star of "Gilda" (1946), Hayworth most famously raised pulses with just the flip of her hair and the slow, seductive removal of a single black satin glove. With her signature wavy, auburn hair and charismatic smile, the sexy actress quickly became a popular pin-up girl during WWII - her likeness was even painted on the side of the atomic bomb tested at Bikini Atoll. Though she was know as the Love Goddess, the very shy Hayworth struggled in her own personal life, claiming famously that "men would fall in love with Gilda but awaken with me." But with a talent and beauty like none other, Hayworth captured the hearts of moviegoers as one of Hollywood's greatest movie goddesses.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Herself (Archival Footage)
2.
 Circle (1976)
3.
 The Naked Zoo (1970) Mrs. Golden
4.
5.
 Head (1968)
6.
 The Money Trap (1966) Rosalie Kenny
7.
 Circus World (1964) Lili Alfredo
8.
 The Happy Thieves (1961) Eve Lewis
9.
 The Story on Page One (1959) Jo Morris
10.
 They Came to Cordura (1959) Adelaide Geary
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Milestones close milestones

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Began dancing career at age six, performing with parents; worked in Mexican nightclubs as a Spanish dancer from age 13
1926:
Film debut dancing with her parents in the shorts, "La Fiesta" and "Anna Case with the Dancing Cansinos"
1934:
Acted in the Spanish-language feature "Cruz Diablo"
1935:
Put under contract by Fox
1935:
Appeared in "Under the Pampas Moon" and "Dante's Inferno", both for Fox
1936:
First garnered attention for small role as a dancer in "Cargo"
1937:
Signed with Columbia; in B pictures until Howard Hawks cast her in "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939)
1940:
First of five films with Glenn Ford, "The Lady in Question", directed by Charles Vidor
1941:
Appeared for first time with red hair in "The Strawberry Blonde" (filmed in black-and-white)
1941:
Career further boosted by appearances in two musical opposite Fred Astaire, "You'll Never Get Rich" and "You Were Never Lovelier"
1942:
Had lead in "My Gal Sal"
1946:
Starred in the title role of her best-remembered film, "Gilda"; Ford co-starred and Vidor directed; singing voice dubbed by Anita Ellis
1948:
Directed by then estranged husband Orson Welles in "The Lady From Shanghai";
1948:
Third film with Ford and Vidor, "The Loves of Carmen"
:
Absent from film for three years during her affair with and marriage to Aly Khan; returned to films with "Affair in Trinidad" (1952), co-starring Ford
:
Another similar absence from film after "Salome" and "Miss Sadie Thompson" (both 1953) during marriage to singer Dick Haymes; returned to film in 1957 to appear in "Pal Joey" and "Fire Down Below"
1958:
Co-starred with Burt Lancaster in "Separate Tables", produced by then-husband James Hill
1959:
Played a dissolute Mexican woman in "They Came to Corduba" opposite Gary Cooper
1960:
Essayed an adulterous wife on trial for murdering her husband in "The Story on Page One"
1962:
Was miscast opposite Rex Harrison in the comedy "The Happy Thieves"
1966:
Fifth movie with Glenn Ford, "The Money Trap"
1966:
Made sole venture into TV movies, co-starring in "The Poppy Is Also a Flower" (ABC); had brief theatrical run in NYC after TV airing
1972:
Last film, "The Wrath of God", co-starring Robert Mitchum
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Education

Alexander Hamilton High School: Los Angeles , California -
Carthay School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Her parents appeared in vaudeville on the same bill as a young Fred Astaire (then teamed with his sister Adele).

Hayworth's singing voice in her films was dubbed, most often by Nan Wynn.

"Every man I knew had fallen in love with Gilda and awakened with me." --Rita Hayworth, quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion", 9th ed., 1988)

"A girl is ... a girl. It's nice to be told you're successful at it." --Rita Hayworth, quoted in Halliwell

"I've never really thought of myself as a sex symbol--more as a comedienne who could dance." --Rita Hayworth, quoted in Halliwell.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Edward Judson. Manager. Eloped with 18-year-old Hayworth on May 23, 1937; divorced on May 22, 1942; acted as Hayworth's manager-agent in the early days of her film career.
husband:
Orson Welles. Director, actor. Married on September 27, 1943; separated in 1948 just before shooting of "The Lady From Shanghai"; divorced in 1948; father of Rebecca.
husband:
Aly Khan. Married on May 27, 1949; separated in 1951 over his infidelities; divorced in January 1953; father of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
husband:
Dick Haymes. Actor, singer. Married on September 24, 1953; divorced in 1955.
husband:
James Hill. Producer. Married in 1958; divorced in 1961.
companion:
Gary Merrill. Actor. Had four-year relationship.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Eduardo Cansino. Dancer. Formed vaudeville act with wife.
mother:
Volga Haworth. Dancer. Appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies" and formed vaudeville act with husband.
uncle:
Vinton Haworth. Actor.
cousin:
Ginger Rogers. Actor, dancer, singer. Popular film star of the 1930s, 40s and 50s who later returned to the musical comedy stage where she first enjoyed success; won Oscar as Best Actress of 1940 for "Kitty Foyle"; starred in a segment of the anthology film "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), but a different one from the one which highlighted Hayworth.
daughter:
Rebecca Welles. Born on December 17, 1944 in California; father, Orson Welles.
daughter:
Yasmin Aga Khan. Born on December 28, 1949 in Lausanne, Switzerland; father, Aly Khan.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"If This Was Happiness"
"Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective" Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

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