Rita Hayworth


Actor
Rita Hayworth

About

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

Biography

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...

Photos & Videos

Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
The Lady from Shanghai - Lobby Card Set
The Lady from Shanghai - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Edward Judson
Husband
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.
Orson Welles
Husband
Director, actor. Married on September 27, 1943; separated in 1948 just before shooting of "The Lady From Shanghai"; divorced in 1948; father of Rebecca.
Aly Khan
Husband
Married on May 27, 1949; separated in 1951 over his infidelities; divorced in January 1953; father of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
Dick Haymes
Husband
Actor, singer. Married on September 24, 1953; divorced in 1955.

Bibliography

"Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective"
Caren Roberts-Frenzel, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2002)
"If This Was Happiness"
Barbara Leaming (1989)

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.

Biography

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.

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino on Oct. 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Eduardo Cansino, a Spanish dancer and vaudeville performer, and Volga Hayworth, a dancer of Irish descent who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, Hayworth grew up in New York surrounded by the glitzy world of showbiz. Raised as a dancer from an early age, Hayworth was performing on stage with her family by the age of six and, as a child, appeared alongside her parents in the 1926 short films, "La Fiesta" and "Anna Case with the Dancing Cansinos." Moving west to Hollywood when Hayworth was 8, the Cansinos opened a dance school near the corner of Sunset and Vine and Eduardo found work as a choreographer for Hollywood films. Joining her parents' stage act, the Dancing Cansinos, at the age of 13, Hayworth performed with the Spanish dancing troupe in numerous productions, including shows across the border in Mexico and on gambling boats parked off the shore. Beneath the surface of the Cansino's show business family, however, there were dark secrets playing out. As a teenager, Hayworth often appeared in public as her father's dance partner. Reports later surfaced that Hayworth had been subject to sexual and physical abuse by her father throughout her childhood - information divulged by Hayworth's second husband, Orson Welles, during interviews for a Hayworth book. It was this betrayal by her father which would ultimately set in stone Hayworth's inability to find love with a man who truly loved her; instead, moving often from one controlling tyrant to the next.

Despite any personal troubles, it was Hayworth's vibrant dancing that would soon catch the eye of Fox studio executives. Offered a contract at the age of 16, Hayworth made her feature film debut under the name Rita Cansino as a dancer in the Fox film, "Dante's Inferno" (1935), which her father also choreographed. As the dark, ethnic-looking Rita Cansino, she went on to appear in a number of forgettable films including, "Under the Pampas Moon" (1935) and "Human Cargo" (1936).

Perhaps in some effort to escape from her father's stifling clutches, Hayworth eloped at the age of 18, marrying the much older - and just as controlling - Texas oil-man, Edward Judson in 1937. Acting as Hayworth's manager, Judson took over where Eduardo had left off and began to groom Hayworth for stardom. When his young wife's contract with Fox was not renewed, Judson negotiated a new contract for her with Columbia Pictures in 1937. While under contract with the then second tier studio, Hayworth began to go through a transformation from simple Spanish dancer to breathtaking Hollywood beauty. Now credited as Rita Hayworth, a decision made by Columbia studio head Harry Cohn, Hayworth went through a painful electrolysis procedure in order to raise her hairline and agreed to stylists turning her raven-black hair to a natural brunette hue. Appearing in her first Columbia picture, "Criminals of the Air" (1937), she went on to appear in 12 more B-films for the studio over the next two years. By 1939, she had paid enough dues that she was given a showy role in the high profile Howard Hawks film, "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939), starring Cary Grant.

As her appeal grew and Columbia execs smelled a possible star on their hands, Hayworth was cast being in more significant roles, starring alongside Glenn Ford for the first of many times in Charles Vidor's "The Lady in Question" (1940) and alongside James Cagney in the Warner Brothers film, "The Strawberry Blonde" (1941) - the first film in which a brunette Hayworth sported her trademark auburn locks. Because "The Strawberry Blonde" was shot in black and white, no one took notice of the change, but they did after the release of her next film - the Technicolor adventure, "Blood and Sand" (1941), co-starring Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell. Playing the hot-blooded temptress Dona Sol, Hayworth literally sizzled onscreen, playing mock-bull-and-matador with the philandering Powers - a man so dazzled by her charms, audiences understood why he would leave his good wife (Darnell). The role was defining for Hayworth, who moved to A-list immediately. Having loaned out Hayworth to Fox for the "Blood," Columbia snatched their girl back and held on tight.

Wanting to make their newest star all the buzz, they put her back in her element - movie musicals - and not just with anyone; with the master dancer, Fred Astaire as co-star. Hayworth's considerable dancing skills took center stage in "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941). With the success of this film, Hayworth quickly became the hottest commodity in Hollywood, landing on the cover of Time magazine, which declared her Astaire's new leading lady. Privately, the dance icon would later confess that Hayworth was his favorite dancing partner - regardless of the Ginger Rogers legend. Fresh off the success of "Rich," she was cast in her first starring role in "My Gal Sal" (1942), went on to star alongside Ginger Rogers, in "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), and re-team with Astaire in "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942). At this same time, WWII had broken out, leaving lonely GIs to plaster pictures of Hayworth and her fellow pin-up queens, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake and Betty Grable on any available surface - from their B-17 cockpits to their bunker walls. In fact, Hayworth reclining on a bed in a satin and lace negligee became the second most popular pin-up picture, behind only Betty Grable's iconic over-the-shoulder white swimsuit shot.

With her first marriage ending in divorce, Hayworth began to date hot-shot "Citizen Kane" (1941) director and actor, Orson Welles. After a short courtship, the Hollywood pair wed in September of 1943 while Hayworth was on hiatus from work. The following year Hayworth gave birth to her first child, Rebecca Welles. Returning to the screen soon after, Hayworth starred opposite Gene Kelly in "Cover Girl" (1944) - another wartime Technicolor musical - and went on to star in "Tonight and Every Night" (1945).

Re-teaming with favorite co-star Ford once again in 1946, Hayworth took on the role for which she would be most remembered - the femme fatale with a penchant for sexy double entendres and driving her men crazy with desire, Gilda. Starring in Charles Vidor's "Gilda" (1946), Hayworth lit up the screen as the sultry nightclub singer, capturing moviegoers with the first coy toss of her wavy red hair. Featuring the sexy song and dance sequence "Put the Blame on Mame," "Gilda" became a silver screen legend, cementing Hayworth's status as the ultimate Hollywood bombshell.

At the top of her game, Hayworth went on to star opposite husband Welles as possible murderess Elsa Bannister in the noir film, "The Lady from Shanghai" (1948). Prior to filming, Welles had ordered Hayworth's famous locks cut off and dyed platinum blonde - a move which infuriated Cohn. The studio head knew Hayworth's hair was her beauty calling card. Though Hayworth's performance was applauded, the film received mixed reviews and some attributed its box office failure to Hayworth's new look. The film also marked a shift in Hayworth's personal life; though she and Welles shared an on-screen chemistry in "Shanghai" - which Welles also directed - they had already separated in real life. Hayworth filed for divorced shortly after the film was shot.

After growing her hair out again by studio orders, Hayworth went on to star in the vivid Technicolor film, "The Loves of Carmen" (1948), a loose adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera. Co-produced by Hayworth's own Beckworth Corporation, the actress took on the role of producer, hiring her father to help choreograph the film's dance sequences. Audiences expecting the sizzle of "Gilda" were sadly disappointed. Unnerved by her recent film failure, Hayworth took time off from Hollywood to travel overseas and get away from it all. While in Europe, Hayworth met the charming playboy, Prince Aly Khan. After a very public courtship, Hayworth remarried for the third time - making her the first official Hollywood star-turned-real-life-princess, despite the Grace Kelly legend. The newlyweds settled in Europe, where Hayworth gave birth to her second daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, in 1949. Unfortunately, no matter how much she loved her husband, the royal lifestyle did not suit the very shy and private Hayworth. Disappointed, the actress returned to the U.S. after her split from Khan in 1951 (after a brief reconciliation they officially divorced in 1953).

Unfortunately, by the time she returned to Hollywood, her time had passed. Starring in her fourth film with Glenn Ford, Hayworth portrayed a sexy nightclub singer in the thriller, "Affair in Trinidad" (1952) - a critical bomb and more "Gilda" rehash. She followed this up with a scantily clad role in the Roman-set "Salome" (1953) and as the title role in the South Pacific-set musical, "Miss Sadie Thompson" (1953), which was originally released in 3D. Hayworth disappeared from the Hollywood screen for another three years in 1953 after another short-lived marriage, this time to Argentinean singer Dick Haymes.

Starring as a woman who comes between sailors Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon, Hayworth returned to the screen in "Fire Down Below" (1957). Filming what would be her last musical - as well as her last picture under contract with Columbia - Hayworth starred in "Pal Joey" (1957) opposite Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. Knowing the studio was grooming Novak as her heir-apparent, Hayworth quietly left the studio she had put on the map and tried to find semblance of happiness in her real life. Unfortunately, like many sex symbols both before and after, true love was ever elusive. She tried her hand at marriage for the fifth and final time, marrying producer James Hill in 1958. Actively working during the marriage in order to support them both, Hayworth teamed up with Hill on the Oscar-nominated "Separate Tables" (1958) and "The Happy Thieves" (1962), though the pair later split after only three years. Hayworth went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for her performance opposite John Wayne in "Circus World" (1964).

Though Hayworth appeared in a handful of films during the 1960's, her starring roles were long behind her. Suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease - though not officially diagnosed until 1980 - Hayworth made her final film, "The Wrath of God," in 1972. She had problems remember lines and concentrating for many years. Retiring to a secluded life away from Hollywood, Hayworth remained in the company of her youngest daughter, Yasmin, while battling her - at that time - largely misunderstood illness. Succumbing to Alzheimer's at age 68, Hayworth died on May 14, 1987.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Herself
Circle (1976)
The Naked Zoo (1970)
Mrs. Golden
La Route de Salina (1970)
Head (1968)
The Bastard (1968)
Martha
The Money Trap (1966)
Rosalie Kenny
Circus World (1964)
Lili Alfredo
The Happy Thieves (1961)
Eve Lewis
The Story on Page One (1959)
Jo Morris
They Came to Cordura (1959)
Adelaide Geary
Separate Tables (1958)
Anne Shankland
Fire Down Below (1957)
Irena
Pal Joey (1957)
Vera Simpson
Miss Sadie Thompson (1954)
Sadie Thompson
Champagne Safari (1954)
Salome (1953)
Princess Salome
Affair in Trinidad (1952)
Chris Emery
The Lady from Shanghai (1948)
Elsa Bannister
The Loves of Carmen (1948)
Carmen
Down to Earth (1947)
Terpsichore, also known as Kitty Pendelton
Gilda (1946)
Gilda [Mundson]
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Rosalind Bruce
Cover Girl (1944)
Rusty Parker
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Ethel [Halloway]
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Maria Acuna
My Gal Sal (1942)
Sally Elliott
You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
Sheila Winthrop
Affectionately Yours (1941)
Irene Malcolm
Blood and Sand (1941)
Doña Sol [de Muira]
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
Virginia Brush
Susan and God (1940)
Leonara
Angels over Broadway (1940)
Nina Barona
The Lady in Question (1940)
Natalie Roguin
Blondie on a Budget (1940)
Joan Forrester
Music in My Heart (1940)
Patricia O'Malley
Special Inspector (1939)
Patricia Lane
Homicide Bureau (1939)
J. G. Bliss
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)
Karen
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Judy [MacPherson]
Convicted (1938)
Jerry Wheeler
Juvenile Court (1938)
Marcia Adams
Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938)
Gail Preston
The Renegade Ranger (1938)
Judith Alvarez
There's Always a Woman (1938)
Mary
The Game That Kills (1937)
Betty Holland
The Shadow (1937)
Mary Gillespie
Girls Can Play (1937)
Sue Collins
Paid to Dance (1937)
Betty Morgan
Criminals of the Air (1937)
Rita
Trouble in Texas (1937)
Carmen Serrano
Old Louisiana (1937)
[Dona] Angela Gonzalez
Hit the Saddle (1937)
Rita
Professional Soldier (1936)
Gypsy dancer
Human Cargo (1936)
Carmen Zoro
Rebellion (1936)
Paula Castillo
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)
Maria
Paddy O'Day (1936)
Tamara Petrovitch
Piernas de seda (1935)
Bailarina
Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
Carmen
Dante's Inferno (1935)
Dancer
Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)
Nayda
Cruz diablo (1934)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Happy Thieves (1961)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

Rita (2003)

Misc. Crew (Short)

Rita Hayworth (1962)
Archival Footage
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
Archival Footage

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966)
Monique

Life Events

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"

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

Photo Collections

Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
Miss Sadie Thompson - Lobby Card
The Lady from Shanghai - Lobby Card Set
Here are several Lobby Cards from The Lady from Shanghai (1948). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Lady from Shanghai - Publicity Stills
The Lady from Shanghai - Publicity Stills
The Lady in Question - Movie Posters
The Lady in Question - Movie Posters
Only Angels Have Wings - Movie Posters
Only Angels Have Wings - Movie Posters
The Lady from Shanghai - Movie Posters
The Lady from Shanghai - Movie Posters
The Lady from Shanghai - Scene Stills
The Lady from Shanghai - Scene Stills
Only Angels Have Wings - Lobby Cards
Only Angels Have Wings - Lobby Cards
The Lady in Question - Lobby Cards
The Lady in Question - Lobby Cards
Only Angels Have Wings - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Only Angels Have Wings - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Lady in Question - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Lady in Question - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Lady from Shanghai - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
The Lady from Shanghai - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
You Were Never Lovelier - Publicity Stills
You Were Never Lovelier - Publicity Stills
Miss Sadie Thompson - Movie Posters
Miss Sadie Thompson - Movie Posters
Pal Joey - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Pal Joey (1957), starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
You'll Never Get Rich - Movie Poster
Here is an original release movie poster from Columbia's You'll Never Get Rich (1941), starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth. This is an Insert poster, measuring 14 x 36 inches.
Blood and Sand (1941) - Lobby Cards
Here are several lobby cards from the 1941 version of Blood and Sand, starring Tyrone Power, Rita Hayworth, Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Down to Earth - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Columbia's Down to Earth (1947), starring Rita Hayworth. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Gilda - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from Gilda (1946), starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Cover Girl - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Cover Girl (1944), starring Rita Hayworth. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Rita Hayworth - Publicity Photos
Here are a few Publicity Stills of Columbia Pictures contract star Rita Hayworth.

Videos

Movie Clip

Strawberry Blonde, The (1941) - We Have A Lady Present Biff (James Cagney) is ready to abandon buddy Hugo (Jack Carson) when he finds out the friend Virginia (Rita Hayworth) has brought to their clandestine date is a nurse, the headstrong Amy (Olivia de Havilland), early in Raoul Walsh's The Strawberry Blonde, 1941.
Lady In Question, The (1940) - I'm One Of The Family Acquitted murder suspect Natalie (Rita Hayworth) has belatedly accepted an offer of help from Parisian bike shop owner Morestan (Brian Aherne), who was on her jury, leading to her first day at work, where his wife (Irene Rich) and bedazzled son (Glenn Ford) don’t know the back-story, in The Lady In Question, 1940.
Lady In Question, The (1940) - This Is An Unusual Case Bouncy opening from director Charles Vidor, in the Columbia remake of the French director Marc Allegret’s comedy Griboulle (1937), introducing Glenn Ford as handsome amateur Paris astronomer Pierre, Evelyn Keyes his sister, Irene Rich his mother, George Davis a customer and top-billed Brian Aherne his father, in The Lady In Question, 1940, also starring Rita Hayworth.
Lady In Question, The (1940) - He Threatened To Kill Me We know little about this case except that Brian Aherne, as Paris shop owner Morestan, is a very enthusiastic alternate juror, as Rita Hayworth appears as accused murderess Natalie, and Frank Reicher as the inquiring president of the court, in Columbia’s The Lady In Question, 1940, directed by Charles Vidor, also starring Glenn Ford.
Affair In Trinidad (1952) - Trinidad Lady No fooling around, brief bit with Steven Geray greeting Torin Thatcher and Howard Wendell but really producer-director Vincent Sherman is delivering the first appearance of Rita Hayworth, as night club performer Chris Emery, with a new song by Bob Russell and Lester Lee, in her first movie after the failure of her marriage to prince Aly Khan, in Columbia’s Affair In Trinidad, 1952, Rita’s vocal by Jo Ann Greer, choreography by Valerie Bettis and dress by Jean Louis.
Affair In Trinidad (1952) - I Asked Him To Pass The Salt Right after her hot opening number, Howard Wendell as the new American consul in Trinidad, with Torin Thatcher as the Brit cop Smythe, with some tactics applied, tells dancer Chris Emery (Rita Hayworth) her husband has been found dead, in Rita’s box-office hit comeback, Affair In Trinidad, 1952, directed by Vincent Sherman, co-starring Glenn Ford.
Affair In Trinidad (1952) - Not In The Tropics Not his first scene but his first with the star, Glenn Ford as just-arrived American Steve is angry with Rita Hayworth as night club star Chris, widow of his artist brother, whom he’s never met, thinking he committed suicide, not realizing she’s helping the cops solve his murder, followed by a typical powerful entry into the plot by Juanita Moore as servant Dominique, in Affair In Trinidad, 1952.
Music In My Heart (1940) - Punchinello Celebrating their engagement, with a reprise of a Bob Wright-Chet Forrest original, this is the only musical bit in the picture for Rita Hayworth, as Manhattanite Patricia, because it’s really a vehicle for Tony Martin, as singer Bob, support from Edith Fellows, George Tobias and George Humbert, in Music In My Heart, 1940.
Music In My Heart (1940) - It's A Blue World Star Tony Martin as singer Bob, with an Academy Award-nominated Bob Wright-Chet Forrest tune, which charted for 14 weeks, has won a radio gig, and we cut away to listener Rita Hayworth, who’s back with her millionaire boyfriend (Alan Mowbray), because she thinks Tony deceived her, which we’ll soon learn he hasn’t, near the end of Columbia’s Music In My Heart, 1940.
Music In My Heart (1940) - You Catching The Boat? We've already met Tony Martin as English singer Bob, happily rushing to a Manhattan dock because he's being deported after a big breakthrough performance, and now he meets Rita Hayworth as Patricia, also headed to the boat, Don Brodie the winning cabbie, in Columbia's Music in My Heart, 1940.
Music In My Heart (1940) - Oh, What A Lovely Dream! Through a flimsy plot device in this Columbia Pictures vehicle for non-contract star Tony Martin, he’s been recruited to sing for a Manhattan politician (Joseph Crehan), from the neighborhood where his prospective new girlfriend Pat (Rita Hayworth) lives, and plays piano, with a Bob Wright-Chet Forrest original, in Music In My Heart, 1940.
Separate Tables (1958) - Mayfair From Head To Foot Early evening at the Hotel Beauregard, guests (Felix Aylmer, May Hallatt, Cathleen Nesbitt, Gladys Cooper) are not expecting Rita Hayworth, as Ann Shankland, greeted by proprietor Pat (Wendy Hiller), and seeking a guest we’ve not yet met, in Separate Tables, 1958.

Trailer

Pal Joey - (Original Trailer) Get a lesson in "Joey's Jargon" from Frank Sinatra himself, on the set of Pal Joey (1957).
Susan and God - (Original Trailer) A flighty socialite neglects her family to promote a new religious group in Susan and God (1940) starring Joan Crawford, directed by George Cukor.
Separate Tables - (Original Trailer) Producer (and co-star) Burt Lancaster himself pitches Separate Tables, 1958, featuring Academy Award winners David Niven and Wendy Hiller.
Only Angels Have Wings - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant heads a team of flyers in a mountainous South American country in Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings (1939).
Gilda - (Re-issue Trailer) A gambler (Glenn Ford) discovers an old flame (Rita Hayworth) in South America, but she's married to his new boss, in Gilda, 1946.
Affair in Trinidad - (Original Trailer) Rita Hayworth re-teamed with her Gilda co-star Glenn Ford for the sultry crime thriller Affair in Trinidad (1952).
Affectionately Yours - (Original Trailer) A foreign correspondent hurries home to stop his wife from getting a divorce in the romantic comedy, Affectionately Yours (1941) starring Merle Oberon, Dennis Morgan and Rita Hayworth.
Loves of Carmen, The - (Original Trailer) It's The Loves of Carmen (1948) without the opera but with Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford and beautiful Technicolor.
You Were Never Lovelier - (Original Trailer) Rita Hayworth is an Argentine heiress who thinks Fred Astaire is her secret admirer in You Were Never Lovelier (1942).
Strawberry Blonde, The - (Original Trailer) James Cagney is a turn-of-the-century dentist who wants to get even with the man who stole Rita Hayworth, The Strawberry Blonde (1941).
Tonight and Every Night - (Original Trailer) Rita Hayworth falls for an RAF pilot in a musical with eye-popping color, Tonight and Every Night (1945).
Money Trap, The - (Original Trailer) A cop with financial problems turns crooked in The Money Trap (1966) starring Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth.

Family

Eduardo Cansino
Father
Dancer. Formed vaudeville act with wife.
Volga Haworth
Mother
Dancer. Appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies" and formed vaudeville act with husband.
Vinton Haworth
Uncle
Actor.
Ginger Rogers
Cousin
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.
Rebecca Welles
Daughter
Born on December 17, 1944 in California; father, Orson Welles.
Yasmin Aga Khan
Daughter
Born on December 28, 1949 in Lausanne, Switzerland; father, Aly Khan.

Companions

Edward Judson
Husband
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.
Orson Welles
Husband
Director, actor. Married on September 27, 1943; separated in 1948 just before shooting of "The Lady From Shanghai"; divorced in 1948; father of Rebecca.
Aly Khan
Husband
Married on May 27, 1949; separated in 1951 over his infidelities; divorced in January 1953; father of Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
Dick Haymes
Husband
Actor, singer. Married on September 24, 1953; divorced in 1955.
James Hill
Husband
Producer. Married in 1958; divorced in 1961.
Gary Merrill
Companion
Actor. Had four-year relationship.

Bibliography

"Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective"
Caren Roberts-Frenzel, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2002)
"If This Was Happiness"
Barbara Leaming (1989)

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.