Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's American mother, Volga Margaret (Hayworth), who was of mostly Irish descent, met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was eight years old when her family was filmed in a movie called La Fiesta (1926). It was her first film appearance, albeit an uncredited one. Sotted by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, she signed her first studio contract, and make her film debut at age sixteen, in Dante's Inferno (1935), followed by Cruz Diablo (1934). She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "Rita Cansino". Fox dropped her after five small roles, but expert, exploitative promotion by her first husband Edward Judson soon brought Rita a new contract at Columbia Pictures, where studio head Harry Cohn changed her surname to Hayworth and approved raising her hairline by electrolysis. She played the second female lead, Judy McPherson, in Only Angels Have Wings (1939). After thirteen minor roles, Columbia lent her to Warner Bros. for her first big success, The Strawberry Blonde (1941); her splendid dancing with Fred Astaire in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) made her a star. 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 (1941), filmed in Technicolor. In this article, we will talk about Rita Hayworth's Biography including Net Worth, Age, Birthday, Height, Weight, Family, Children etc.
Rita Hayworth Biography
Rita was probably the second most popular actress after Betty Grable. In You'll Never Get Rich (1941) with Fred Astaire, was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had studied all her life, was astounding. After the hit Gilda (1946) (her dancing had made the film and it had made her), her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier success. The drought began between The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Champagne Safari (1954). Then after Salome (1953), she was not seen again until Pal Joey (1957). Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by a new star at Columbia, Kim Novak.
Rita, herself, said, "Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me". 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 - unfortunately an unhappy one almost from the start - to the playboy Prince Aly Khan. Her films after her divorce from Khan include perhaps her best straight acting performances, Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) and They Came to Cordura (1959).
After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960s, her career was essentially over. Her final film was The Wrath of God (1972). Her career was really never the same after Gilda (1946). Perhaps Gene Ringgold 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.
Beginning in 1960 (age 42), early onset of Alzheimer's disease (undiagnosed until 1980) limited Rita's ability. The last few roles in her 60-film career were increasingly small. With 20 years of symptoms, Rita was cared for by her daughter, Yasmin Khan, until Rita's death at age 68 on May 14, 1987, in New York City.
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|Birth Name/Full Name||:||Margarita Carmen Cansino|
|Nickname (s)||:||The Love Goddess|
|Other Name (s)||:||Rita Cansino ,|
The Former Princess Aly Khan ,
|Date of Birth||:||October 17, 1918|
|Birthplace||:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Profession (s)||:||Actress ,|
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Rita Hayworth Age in 2023 and Birthday Info
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|Date of Birth||:||October 17, 1918|
|Birth Place||:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of Death||:||1987-5-14|
|Death Place||:||New York City, New York, USA (Alzheimer's disease)|
|Next Birthday||:||17 October, 2023|
Rita Hayworth Height and Weight
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|Height in Meter||:||1.68 m.|
|Height in Centimeter||:||168 cm.|
|Height in Feet-inches||:||5'6"|
|Weight in Kilogram||:||- kg|
|Weight in Pounds||:||- lb|
Rita Hayworth Family (Spouse, Children, Parents, Siblings, Relatives)
In this section, we will add Rita Hayworth's complete family information including her martial status, husbandorwife, children, parents, relatives, and siblings.
|Spouse (s)||:||James Hill (2 February 1958 - 7 September 1961) (divorced) ,|
Dick Haymes (24 September 1953 - 12 December 1955) (divorced) ,
Prince Aly Khan (27 May 1949 - 26 January 1953) (divorced) (1 child) ,
Orson Welles (7 September 1943 - 10 November 1947) (divorced) (1 child) ,
Edward Charles Holmgren Judson (29 May 1937 - 22 May 1942) (divorced)
|Children (s)||:||Rebecca Welles ,|
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
|Parents (Father and Mother)||:||Hayworth, Volga Margaret ,|
|Relatives||:||Vernon Cansino (sibling) ,|
Eduardo Cansino Jr. (sibling) ,
Elisa Cansino (aunt or uncle) ,
Vinton Hayworth (aunt or uncle) ,
Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos (grandchild) ,
Marc McKerrow (grandchild)
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|Personal Website||:||Rita Hayworth Webiste|
Rita Hayworth Net Worth in 2023
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Rita Hayworth Facts and Trivia
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- The annual Rita Hayworth charity gala, managed by daughter Princess Yasmin Khan, raised US$1.8 million in 1999 (US$2.76 million in 2018 dollars) alone for the Alzheimer's Association. Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5.5 million Americans may have Alzheimer's.
- She appeared in five movies with classic leading actor Glenn Ford: Affair in Trinidad (1952), The Lady in Question (1940), The Loves of Carmen (1948), The Money Trap (1965) and Gilda (1946).
- Ranked #98 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
- Some legends say the Margarita cocktail was named for her when she was dancing under her real name in a Tijuana, Mexico nightclub.
- Her dancer father, Eduardo Cansino, himself the son of a dancer, came to New York from Spain in 1913 with sister Elisa. He had Andalusian ancestry.
- Mother, showgirl Volga Hayworth (sometimes spelled Haworth), met Eduardo on Broadway in 1916; they married 1917.
- Her first (uncredited) appearance on film was with the dancing Cansino family in a Vitaphone short La Fiesta (1926).
- She appeared four times on the cover of "Life" Magazine; 7/15/40, 8/11/41, 1/18/43 and 11/10/47.
- 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.
- Her singing was dubbed by Nan Wynn (1941-1944), Martha Mears (1945), Anita Ellis (1946-1948), and Jo Ann Greer (1952-1957).
- Her own singing voice is heard in the introductions to her songs (otherwise dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) in Pal Joey (1957).
- Owned the production company "Hillworth Productions A.G." together with her fifth husband, James Hill.
- She played the sister of Barbara Stanwyck in A Message to Garcia (1936), but after a test screening all her scenes were cut at the request of Darryl F. Zanuck.
- The image of her face was glued onto an A-bomb which was dropped on the Bikini Atoll during a test in 1946.
- Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California, USA, in the Grotto section, L196, #6 (to the right of the main sidewalk, near the curb).
- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars" in film history (#54). 
- Her mother's ancestry was Irish, with small amounts of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Bohemian Czech, Dutch, and German.
- In 1947, started her own production company, "Beckworth Corporation" (formed from syllables of her daughters name, Rebecca, and her own surname). It was dissolved in 1954 under advice from her fourth husband, Dick Haymes.
- In the early 1940s, she replaced Jean Arthur as the top female star at Columbia Pictures. Coincidentally, the two stars share the same birthday (October 17).
- The famous red hair was not her natural color (which was black). When she was signed, studio heads decided that her hairline was too low on her forehead, and she underwent years of painful electrolysis to make it higher.
- Sister of Eduardo Cansino Jr. and Vernon Cansino.
- Nephew: Richard Cansino.
- It was James Hill, her fifth husband, who recognised her true talent as a comedienne. He tried to encourage her to do more comedy, but she felt that it was too late and instead began to resent him for pushing her into more work.
- Knocked out two of Glenn Ford's teeth during their fight in Gilda (1946).
- In 1946, an expedition into the wilderness of Canada's unexplored Headless Valley came across an abandoned trapper's shack. In it the expedition found three things: a candle, a can of beans, and a picture of Rita.
- On May 27, 1949, she married Prince Aly Khan. Many people forget that Rita, not Grace Kelly, was the first movie star to become a princess.
- She was the producers' first choice for Casablanca (1942), but they couldn't get her and were fortunate to settle for Ingrid Bergman.
- The Maria Vargas character (played by Ava Gardner) in the 1954 Joseph L. Mankiewicz film The Barefoot Contessa (1954)) was based on her.
- She was the first bombshell to appear on one of the posters in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). (The other two were Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch).
- She was voted the 65th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- She was voted the 34th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
- Was named #19 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
- Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue".
- Was portrayed by Lynda Carter in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983).
- Subject of The White Stripes song "Take, Take, Take" from the album "Get Behind Me Satan".
- Is portrayed by Veronica Watt in Hollywoodland (2006).
- Along with James Cagney, is mentioned by name in the Tom Waits' song "Invitation to the Blues".
- Publicist Henry Rogers, hired by Eddie Judson to promote his wife, said of him, "It seemed to me that Eddie would have sold his wife to the highest bidder if it would have advanced her career.".
- Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn only began taking interest in Hayworth as star material after she began undergoing painful electrolysis treatments (at the urging of husband Eddie Judson), which drastically altered her hairline and appearance.
- Under of the influence of second husband Orson Welles, Rita began to read classic literature. While pregnant in 1944, she was very impressed by Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe" and named her firstborn daughter Rebecca after the novel's heroine.
- In Italy, all her films were dubbed by either Tina Lattanzi, most notably in Gilda (1946), and later in her career by Lydia Simoneschi.
- Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 399-400. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
- Cousin of Ginger Rogers and niece of actor Vinton Hayworth.
- When she died, it was her former Paddy O'Day (1936) co-star Jane Withers who delivered the eulogy at her funeral.
- One of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in the movies, other actresses that have also done this includes Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Debbie Reynolds and Leslie Caron.
- According to the book "Debrett Goes to Hollywood" by Charles Kidd, Rita was descended on her mother's side from an Allyn Haworth, whose family was reputed to be descended from the town of Haworth in West Yorkshire. Haworth is also famous as the home of the Bronte sisters.
- She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
- Former stepmother of Christopher Welles and Dick Haymes Jr..
- Was good friends with Hermes Pan.
- Both she and last husband, James Hill, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
- Along with Veronica Lake, Julie London and Lauren Bacall, she was one of four inspirations that helped create the character Jessica Rabbit.
- In the television series Franklin & Bash (2011), a large portrait of Hayworth in a silk negligee is frequently seen displayed in the law office where the main characters are employed.
- She was referenced in the video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (2003).
- Director Rouben Mamoulian said of her to "Vogue", "On the screen, if an actor can move, he needs little else for a successful career. Hayworth moved better than anyone else I have ever seen in film. The camera responded to her movement as it did to Garbo's intelligence and Chaplin's mime.".
- A year after Blood and Sand (1941), Anthony Quinn announced that he and Hayworth would do a bullfight picture together, but it was never made.
- Pregnant 26-year-old Rita Hayworth entered St. John's Hospital, in Santa Monica, California, on Friday, December 15, 1944. It had been selected because this hospital was known for the privacy it afforded celebrities. Two days later, she gave birth to her first child by Cesarean section, a healthy 7-pound (3.175 kilogram) girl who was named Rebecca Welles. The child's father was her second, and later ex-husband, Orson Welles, and the child's godfather was Frank Sinatra who was a good friend of the couple.
- In December 1949, pregnant 31-year-old Rita Hayworth was living in Switzerland with her third husband, Aly Salomone Khan, When she was due to give birth, they planned to have a police escort to the Montchoisi Clinic in Lausanne but Rita went into labor at 3:00 AM on Wednesday, December 28th and Aly panicked and drove her to the clinic. Rita was in labor for seven hours and gave birth to a 5.5-pound (2.49-kilogram) girl who was named Yasmin Aga Khan Yasmin Khan.
- Became the first public face for Alzheimer's. During the 1960s she began forgetting her lines. The people around her thought it was due to drinking. Looking back it is believed she was in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
- Frequently worked with Charles Vidor. He directed her in The Lady in Question (1940), Cover Girl (1944), Gilda (1946) and The Loves of Carmen (1948).
- In 1962, she left the leading role in the three-act Broadway stage comedy "Step on the Crack", after three weeks of rehearsal because she realized the play still needed a great deal of rewriting. The play opened in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on October 17th and closed the next day after one performance.
- The day when Rita Hayworth was born was Thursday.
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