If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth by Barbara LeamingA beautiful actress, a gifted dancer, a fiery screen temptress linked to some of the most handsome men of her generation, Rita Hayworth seemed to live the life that dreams are made of. But the reality behind the fantasy was a harsh one. Sexually abused by her father as a young girl, Rita constantly searched for a man to save her, marrying five times. At the age of forty-two, Alzheimers disease began to ravage her mind, cutting short her career at its peak. A haunting and sympathetic tribute to the talented but insecure beauty who was created, and ultimately destroyed, by the movies.
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Rita Hayworth - Actress And The Great American Love Goddess - Mini Bio - BIO
American film bombshell Rita Hayworth originally trained as a dancer, but she hit stardom as an actress with her appearance in The Strawberry Blonde She is best known for her performance in Charles Vidor's Gilda Hayworth died of Alzheimer's disease on May 14, A legendary Hollywood actress whose beauty catapulted her to international stardom in the s and s, Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, , in New York City. She changed her last name to Hayworth early on in her acting career on the advice of her first husband and manager, Edward Judson. Hayworth hailed from show business stock. Soon after their daughter was born, they shortened her name to Rita Cansino.
Gilda , released in , stars Rita Hayworth as the titular character, caught in a love triangle between her husband and lover. Though Hayworth had already made a name for herself acting and dancing a few movies prior, Gilda catapulted her to one of the top names in Hollywood, even to this day. The sensuality portrayed by Hayworth in the film solidified her as a cultural icon, and we will always remember her dark glamor as a femme fatale. She performed in a couple of pictures before they dropped her. She changed her name, hairline and hair color under the encouragement of her husband-manager before she signed a new contract with Columbia Studios. Before Gilda , Rita Hayworth was known for her skills as a dancer on screen.
Who Was Rita Hayworth?
While still a teenager, she caught the attention of a Hollywood producer, and in the mids she began appearing in films, using her given name of Rita Cansino. On the advice of her first husband, Edward Judson who became her manager , she changed her name to Rita Hayworth and dyed her hair auburn, cultivating a sophisticated glamour that first registered with her role as an unfaithful wife who tries to seduce Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings After a few inconsequential films, Hayworth gradually rose to the rank of star, playing femmes fatales in quality melodramas such as The Lady in Question , Blood and Sand , and The Strawberry Blonde It was also during this time that she became a favourite pinup of American servicemen; her publicity still, depicting the lingerie-clad Hayworth kneeling seductively on a bed, became an indelible image of World War II. The definitive Hayworth film is undoubtedly Gilda , in which she appeared opposite Glenn Ford , her frequent costar.
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