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Rita Hayworth was a Spanish American actress, dancer, and producer who achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term The Love Goddess to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen actress of the 1940s and also coined her signature look, The Look, as she became noted for her sultry eyes, full lips, and high cheekbones which were accentuated by a peek-a-boo hairstyle that showed off her large dark eyes and hair sweeping down from the top of her forehead. Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

Early Life Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17th, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Eduardo Cansino (an acrobat born in Spain) and Volga Haworth (American-born showgirl). At age 8 Rita’s mother left her father and moved her two daughters to Los Angeles; Rita’s mother wanted better opportunities for her children than what she found in New York City. Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

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Work With Orson Welles Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

In her more than thirty years in Hollywood, Rita Hayworth had several encounters with one of cinema’s most notable figures: Orson Welles.

Work with Tyrone Power

In 1941 Rita Hayworth got her first big break with Columbia Pictures with a featured role in Algiers (1938), opposite Charles Boyer, produced by Joe Pasternak who told her to change her name to Hayworth. She earned $500 per week but after seven weeks was given a contract that called for four films per year at $1,000 weekly. She had previously had bit parts in several movies without attracting any attention.

Marrying Prince Aly Khan

Rita Hayworth married Prince Aly Khan in March 1949 at Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco; she was 34 years old at that time.

Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.
Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer
  • Born: 17 October 1918, Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: 14 May 1987, Manhattan, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Full name: Margarita Carmen Cansino
  • Spouse: James Hill (m. 1958–1961), MORE
  • Children: Yasmin Aga Khan, Rebecca Welles
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Later Life

In 1950 Rita married Aly Khan in Mexico City in an interfaith ceremony that bridged her Catholic background with his Muslim faith. The resulting backlash from Rita’s fans forced her to appear before audiences in carefully orchestrated shows that hid her face behind exotic dancers. Her marriage to Khan lasted only 10 months, ending when she discovered he had another wife. In 1953 Rita married actor Dick Haymes; they divorced six years later after she fell in love with Orson Welles.

How did Rita Hayworth fall from grace?

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17th, 1918 in Brooklyn to Eduardo Cansino of Puerto Rican descent and Volga Haworth of Scottish descent. After her parents divorced when she was young, her mother moved Rita and her sister Gloria to Hollywood for a career in show business. Rita’s father eventually remarried; his wife could not tolerate Rita because she blamed Rita for her divorce from Eduardo.

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How old was Rita Hayworth when she died?

Rita Hayworth was 68 years old when she died of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 14, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. During her career she worked on over 60 movies in her 37 year career (1938-1975). She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale near both of her parents.

 Rita hayworth net worth

Rita Hayworth was born in 1915 to her mother Margarita Cansino (stage name: Margarita Carmen Cansino) (1897–1983) and father Eduardo Cansino. Rita had three brothers

 Rita hayworth cause of death Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

Rita Hayworth had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years prior to her death in 1987 at age 68 from Alzheimer’s. She is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Her grave marker bears her name Gretchen on it instead of Rita (her given name) since Rita had been her stage name while Gretchen was her real first name that she had also used occasionally early in her career before Hollywood popularized it.

Rita hayworth daughter Rita Hayworth life as a Spanish American actress dancer and producer.

Rita Hayworth’s daughter Princess Yasmin Khan was born on December 10, 1959 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her birth father is playboy Aly Khan, who married Rita when she was just sixteen years old. Sadly Yasmin would never meet her father; he died from an infectious disease called meningitis just four days after her birth. She was raised by Rita’s second husband Orson Welles.

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