- 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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