Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda. She appeared in 61 films over 37 years. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II. In 1980 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which contributed to her death at age 68.
About Rita Hayworth in brief
Margarita Carmen Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars. Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda. She appeared in 61 films over 37 years. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II. In 1980 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which contributed to her death at age 68. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, was from Castilleja de la Cuesta, a little town near Seville, Spain. Her mother, Volga Hayworth, was a American of Irish and English descent who had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. Her paternal grandfather was renowned as a classical Spanish dancer. He popularized the bolero, and his dancing school in Madrid was world-famous. She attended dance classes every day for a few years in a Carnegie Hall complex, where she was taught by her uncle Angel Cansinos. She later recalled, \”I didn’t like it very much… but I didn’t have the courage to tell my father, so I began taking the lessons. Rehearse, rehears, rehearse, that was my girlhood. \”: 16. She is listed as one. of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute’s survey, AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars. : 281 The couple married in 1917. They also had two sons: Eduardo Jr.
and Vernon. Her maternal uncle Vinton Hayworth was also an actor. He believed that dancing could be featured in the movies and that his family could be part of it. He established his own dance studio, where he taught such stars as James Cagney and Jean Harlow. : 253 In 1931 he partnered with his 12-year-old daughter to form an act called the Dancing Cansines. : 14 Since under California law Margarita was too young to work in nightclubs and bars, her father took her with him to work across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. At age 16, she took a bit part in the film Cruz Diablo, which led to another bit part with the Mexican actress In Caliente Dolores del Rores. Win Winkelman, the head of the Fox Film Corporation, saw her dancing at the Foreigner Club and arranged for Hayworth to do a screen test. In late 1934 she performed a dance sequence in Spencer Tracy’s Dante’s Inferno, aged 16, and was put under contract in February 1935. She then appeared in two films, under the first name Rita, the first of two film changes during her film career. During her time at Fox, she was billed as Rita Hayworth. She later appeared in unremarkable roles, often cast as the exotic foreigner in the short Spencer Tracy, Tracy Inferno, and Tracy Inferno.