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Rita Hayworth (1918–1987)

Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno (1935). Fox dropped her ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Gilda Gilda Mundson Farrell
The Lady from Shanghai
The Lady from Shanghai Elsa Bannister
Cover Girl
Cover Girl Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
Pal Joey
Pal Joey Vera Prentice-Simpson


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 1972 The Wrath of God
Señora De La Plata
 1970 Road to Salina
 1968 The Bastard
 1967 The Rover
Aunt Caterina
 1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower
Monique Marko
 1965 The Money Trap
Rosalie Kenny
 1964 Circus World
Lili Alfredo
 1961 The Happy Thieves
Eve Lewis
 1959 The Story on Page One
Josephine Brown / Jo Morris
 1959 They Came to Cordura
Adelaide Geary
 1953 Salome
Princess Salome
 1952 Affair in Trinidad
Chris Emery
 1944 Cover Girl
Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks
 1942 You Were Never Lovelier
Maria Acuña
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Ethel Halloway
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Irene Malcolm
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde
Virginia Brush
 1940 The Lady in Question
Natalie Roguin
 1940 Susan and God
 1940 Blondie on a Budget
Joan Forrester
 1940 Music in My Heart
Patricia O'Malley
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings
Judy MacPherson
 1939 The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
 1939 Homicide Bureau
J.G. Bliss
 1938 The Renegade Ranger
Judith Alvarez
 1938 Juvenile Court
Marcia Adams
 1938 Convicted
Jerry Wheeler
 1938 There's Always a Woman
Mary - Ketterling's Secretary (uncredited)
 1938 Who Killed Gail Preston?
Gail Preston
 1938 Special Inspector
Patricia Lane
 1937 Paid to Dance
Betty Morgan
 1937 Life Begins with Love
Dinner Guest's Girl Friend (uncredited)
 1937 The Game That Kills
Betty Holland
 1937 Girls Can Play
Sue Collins
 1937 Criminals of the Air
Rita Owens
 1937 Trouble in Texas
Carmen Serano (as Rita Cansino)
 1937 Hit the Saddle
Rita (as Rita Cansino)
 1937 Old Louisiana
Angela Gonzales (as Rita Cansino)
 1936 Rebellion
Paula Castillo (as Rita Cansino)
 1936 Meet Nero Wolfe
Maria Maringola (as Rita Cansino)
 1936 Dancing Pirate
Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
 1936 Human Cargo
Carmen Zoro (as Rita Cansino)
 1936 Paddy O'Day
Tamara Petrovitch (as Rita Cansino)
 1935 Professional Soldier
Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)
 1935 Hi, Gaucho!
Dolores (uncredited)
 1935 Piernas de seda
Ballerina (uncredited)
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Dancer (as Rita Cansino)
 1935 Charlie Chan in Egypt
Nayda (as Rita Cansino)
 1935 Under the Pampas Moon
Carmen (as Rita Cansino)
 1934 Cruz Diablo
Extra (uncredited)
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Show Show Producer (4 credits)
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Other Works:

(3/21/45) Radio: Appeared in "Episode 137" of "Mail Call" with Frank Morgan, Harpo Marx, George Burns, Gracie Allen. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 17 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 191 Articles | 25 Pictorials | 825 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rita Cansino | The Former Princess Aly Khan | Rita


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Personal Quote:

What ever you write about me, don't make it sad. See more »


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. See more »


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