|Date of Birth||17 October 1918 , Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA|
|Date of Death||14 May 1987 , New York City, New York, USA (Alzheimer's disease)|
|Birth Name||Margarita Carmen Cansino|
|Nickname||The Love Goddess|
|Height||5' 6" (1.68 m)|
Mini Bio (2)
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). 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. Almost helpless by 1981, Rita was cared for by her daughter Yasmin Khan until her death at age 68.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rod Crawford <email@example.com>
Rita was seen dancing by a 20th Century Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's "second" debut was in the film Cruz Diablo (1934) at age 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "Rita Cansino" until she played the second female lead in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) when she played Judy McPherson. By this time, she was at Columbia where she was getting top billing but it was the Warner Brothers film The Strawberry Blonde (1941) that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. 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. She 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 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 the new star at Columbia, Kim Novak. 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). Her dancing had made the film and it had made her. 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. Rita, herself, said, "Every man I have known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me". By 1980, Rita was hit with Alzheimer's Disease. It ravaged her so, and she finally died at age 68 on May 14, 1987, in New York City.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson
|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 - 1 December 1948) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Edward Charles Holmgren Judson||(29 May 1937 - 22 May 1942) (divorced)|
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|Under the Pampas Moon (1935)||$200per week|
|Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)||$200per week|
|Old Louisiana (1937)||$200|
|You'll Never Get Rich (1941)||$6,500per week|
|Affair in Trinidad (1952)||$252,000plus 25% of the net profits|