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Rita (2003)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  9 September 2003 (USA)
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Biography of 1940's sex goddess Rita Hayworth. Born Margarita Cansino, she studied dancing from the age of 5 and was soon part of the family's night club act. By age 18 she was married and ... See full summary »

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Robert Board ...
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Theresa Cansino ...
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Dick Haymes ...
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Biography of 1940's sex goddess Rita Hayworth. Born Margarita Cansino, she studied dancing from the age of 5 and was soon part of the family's night club act. By age 18 she was married and pursuing a movie career. She reached her peak appeal with the movie Gilda, but found that people expected her to be that character in real life. In fact she was shy and introverted. Married four times (most notably to Orson Welles and Ali Khan) she had two children and was a dedicated and loving mother. As she got older, she focused on more dramatic roles but the early onset of Alzheimer's disease rendered it difficult for her to learn her lines. She died in 1987. Written by garykmcd

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An homage to an icon
17 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this doc. at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA, and when it premiered on TCN. .

Included is some truly original and magical imagery: home movies, screentest footage, and interviews with Anthony Franciosa, Marc Platt, and Juanita Mooreand. The late, great Ann Miller sheds light on Rita's unique temperament and sense of humor. Eli Wallach shares his ideas about the Hayworth magic. And Kim Basinger's narration haunts as if it were Hayworth's own joyless song.

Her famous Life Magazine pin-up could not be included in this film:-( but another version is used. Final thoughts, this is the best documentary I have seen on Rita Hayworth. It captures her unique essence and explores her lasting legacy. I thank Elaine Archer for making such a wonderful homage to Rita Hayworth.


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