Rita Hayworth

  • Birth Name: Margarita Carmen Cansino
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Died: May 14, 1987
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer
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  • Was billed as Rita Cansino as early as 12 years old, but didn't change her last name to Hayworth, a variation of her mother's maiden name, until the 1937 film Criminals of the Air.
  • Career soared after the release of a 1941 Life magazine issue that featured a seductive photo of her, which would later become a favorite pin-up for World War II servicemen.
  • Was labeled "The Love Goddess," but in reality was considered shy and an introvert.  
  • In his 1959 autobiography, Steps in Time, dance legend Fred Astaire wrote that she was his favorite dance partner. 
  • Suffered for years with a mysterious illness, but was finally diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1980, a little-known disease at the time.


  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee


  • Rebecca Welles — Daughter
  • Eduardo Cansino — Father
  • Dick Haymes — Ex-husband
  • Princess Yasmin Aga Khan — Daughter
  • Eduardo Cansino Jr. — Brother
  • Orson Welles — Ex-husband
  • Aly Khan — Ex-husband
  • Vernon Cansino — Brother
  • Volga Haworth Cansino — Mother
  • Edward Judson — Ex-husband
  • James Hill — Ex-husband

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