Margarita Carmen Cansino or Rita Hayworth as she was called, was recognized as one of the best American actresses and known worldwide for her impressive and explosive sexual charisma in movies during the thirties and forties. Her great beauty, charisma and talent did not go unnoticed by the top film executives of the 20Th Century Fox, who hired her to act in several films from the mid-30s onwards. Whether it was lighting the screen by singing and dancing, or posing for a magazine photo, Rita Hayworth was an unforgettable woman.
Her real name was Margarita Carmen Cansino and she was one of the most recognized actresses of American origin worldwide for her beauty and charisma in all the films in which she participated, whether acting in a film or posing for a photograph.
Rita Hayworth was born and baptized Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918 in New York City. She later changed her last name to Hayworth when she began her career as an actress under the advice of her first husband and manager, Edward Judson. Her father was a man of Spanish origin, Eduardo Cansino, who was a dancer, and her mother, Volga, who had been a Ziegfeld Follies girl. Shortly after their daughter was born, they shortened her name to Rita Cansino.
When Rita was 12 years old, she was already a professional dancer. Still a young girl, Rita moved with her family to live in Los Angeles where she joined her father on stage in nightclubs in both United States and Mexico. It was on stage in Agua Caliente, Mexico, where a Fox Film Company producer saw the 16-year-old dancer and immediately signed a contract with her.
At the age of 18, Rita Hayworth married Edward Judson, a well-known figure in Hollywood production circles, who promised to make her a famous actress, but in the process, forced her to undergo a drastic physical transformation, they divorced in 1942. She married Orson Welles, a famous actor, director and screenwriter, in 1943; from the marriage a daughter named Rebecca was born, two years later, and she divorced him in 1947.
In 1949, he remarried Prince Ali Khan, they had a daughter named Yasmin, but their marriage did not last long. Their fourth marriage was to Dick Haymes, a musician who was deported and who took advantage of the actress’s fame. The actress’s last marriage was to producer James Hill, who wanted her to continue in the artistic field, divorced three years after the marriage.
In 1971, Rita Hayworth tried to return to scenery, but could not memorize her lines. Her skills diminished and many thought it was a serious alcohol problem. His condition deteriorated rapidly, and alcohol was just one of the factors that ruined her life. Hayworth also had Alzheimer’s, diagnosed in 1980. One year later, her daughter, Princess Yasmin, took care of her. After years of struggle, Hayworth died on May 14, 1987 in the apartment she shared with her daughter in New York City.
His daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who had a son named Ali Khan Embiricos, who was found dead in 1949, and had another daughter named Rebecca Wells.
Among her main films we can mention the following:
Rita Hayworth was never nominated for an Oscar or won any major prize, but she did get a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street.