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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Rita Hayworth (1918-1987)

Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in New York on October 17, 1918 into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He immigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, was trained as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps.

At age 12, mature-looking Rita joined her father's stage act as a dancer, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno (1935). Fox dropped her after five small roles, but expert, exploitative promotion by first husband Edward Judson soon brought Rita a new contract at Columbia Pictures, where studio head Harry Cohn changed her name to Hayworth and approved raising her hairline by electrolysis. After 13 mainly minor roles, Columbia lent her to Warner Bros. for her first big success, The Strawberry Blonde (1941); her splendid dancing with Fred Astaire in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) made her a star. Later film roles included her biggest hit Gilda in 1946 with Glenn Ford. Other films include Cover Girl (1944) with Gene Kelly; The Lady From Shanghai (1948); Miss Sadie Thompson (1953); and Pal Joey (1957) with Frank Sinatra.

1 comment:

KC said...

That picture cracks me up. It looks like the swing is hanging in thin air! Or maybe it is hanging on a cloud? Happy B-day Ms. Rita.


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