Wednesday, October 17, 2012

THE LOVELY ONES :: Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth
(Margarita Carmen Cansino)

Did you know...
1. She was born on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York.
2. In 1949, she married Prince Aly Khan (her third of five husbands) and became the first Hollywood actress to become a bona fide princess.
3. Her famous red hair was not her natural color. Born with black hair and a low hairline, she was encouraged to dye it red and go through painful electrolysis, lifting her hairline higher to give her a less ethnic appearance. Her re-vamped image, in addition to using her mother's maiden name Hayworth instead of Cansino,  garnered her more 'all-American' roles at Columbia where she was under a long term contract.
4. She was cousins with Ginger Rogers through the marriage of her maternal uncle to Ginger's maternal aunt.
5. She was the number 2 soldier pin-up girl in World War, trailing only Betty Grable in the 1940's.

To learn more about the life and times of the iconic Rita Hayworth, Lily Lemontree recommends 


Sere said...

Oh! I love Rita Hayworth! I find her so beautiful and sexy, and her life is so interesting!

James said...

A beautiful woman. Isn't sad she had to hide her heritage, but it was a different world then.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

The story of her gorgeous hair always breaks my heart–I adore Rita!

California Girl said...

Hadn't heard Ms. Hayworth had her hairline raised and had black hair although I guess most of the great redheads, like the great blondes, enjoyed color enhancement.

She was so lovely. Her life was so sad.

My favorite movie with her is a lighthearted one showcasing her beautiful dancing, "You Were Never Lovelier", with Fred Astaire.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anastasia,

She was a natural beauty, for sure also with her natural hair! Being Spanish, Irish made her exotic. Though her life was not that easy. It speaks for daughter Yasmin Khan who cared for her while she had Alzheimer's for a long period till her death.
Hugs to you,