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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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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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Rita personifies the very meaning of beauty, joy and life

Rita personifies the very meaning of beauty, joy and life....but alas, it is on the silver screen where those qualities are most evident. In her personal life, so much of the joy of life seems to have eluded Rita. This marvelous documentary explores the life Rita lived, and it was an adventurous and incredible journey for her. In our era, we have the ability to look back over the entire life work of this magnificent woman, and we can only mourn for her the tragedies that seemed to stalk her journey. She seems to have ultimately been a simple woman who would have been content with an ordinary life, husband, children, house and garden with the white picket fence. But such was not to be. With her poise, incredible beauty and great acting skills, she created an aura which shone through all her work in films. This documentary is an excellent portrayal of her life with all the good and bad revealed, but at the same time, it is properly respectful of the lady and reveals her to have been a wonderful human being. Watch it for "Gilda" and rejoice in the portrait of "Rita."


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