Rita Hayworth

Actresses

Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term “The Love Goddess” to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. She is also known for her performances in, Only Angels Have Wings (1939), starring Cary Grant; The Strawberry Blonde (1941), with James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland; The Lady from Shanghai (1947), directed by and costarring her husband at the time, Orson Welles; Pal Joey (1957), with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak; Fire Down Below (1957), Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon; Separate Tables (1958), with Debra Kerr and David Niven; Robert Rossen‘s They Came to Cordura (1959), with Gary Cooper; The Happy Thieves (1961), with Rex Harrison; and Circus World (1964), with John Wayne. Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), and You Were Never Lovelier (1942), once called her his favorite dance partner. She also starred in the Technicolor musical Cover Girl (1944), with Gene Kelly.

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. In 1980, Hayworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which contributed to her death at age 68. The public disclosure and discussion of her illness drew attention to Alzheimer’s, which was largely unknown by most people at the time, and helped to increase public and private funding for Alzheimer’s research.

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  • Cruz Diablo (1934) – directed by Fernando de Fuentes – uncredited
  • In Caliente (1935) – directed by Lloyd Bacon – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Under the Pampas Moon (1935) – directed by James Tinling – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) – directed by Louis King – as Rita Cansino
  • Dante’s Inferno (1935) – directed by
  • Harry Lachman – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Piernas de seda (1935) – directed by John Boland – uncredited
  • Hi, Gaucho! (1935) – directed by Tommy Atkins – uncredited
  • Professional Soldier (1935) – directed by Tay Garnett – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Paddy O’Day (1936) – directed by Lewis Seiler – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Human Cargo (1936) – directed by Allan Dwan – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Dancing Pirates (1936) – directed by Lloyd Corrigan – uncredited
  • Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) – directed by Herbert Biberman – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Rebellion (1936) – directed by Lynn Shores – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Old Louisiana (1937) – directed by Irvin Willat – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Hit the Saddle (1937) – directed by Mack V. Wright – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Trouble in Texas (1937) – directed by Robert N. Bradbury – credited as Rita Cansino
  • Criminals in the Air (1937) – directed by Charles C. Coleman
  • Girls Can Play (1937) – directed by Lambert Hillyer
  • The Game That Kills (1937) – directed by D. Ross Lederman
  • Life Begins with Love (1937) – directed by Ray McCarey – uncredited
  • Paid to Dance (1937) – directed by Charles C. Coleman
  • The Shadow (1937) – directed by Charles C. Coleman
  • Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938) – directed by Leon Barsha
  • Special Inspector (1938) – directed by Leon Barsha
  • There’s Always a Woman (1938) – directed by Alexander Hall – uncredited
  • Convicted (1938) – directed by Leon Barsha
  • Juvenile Court (1938) – directed by D. Ross Lederman
  • The Renegade Ranger (1938) – directed by David Howard
  • Homicide Bureau (1939) – directed by Charles C. Coleman
  • The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) – directed by Peter Godfrey
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Music in My Heart (1940) – directed by
  • Joseph Santley
  • Blondie on a Budget (1940) – directed by Frank R. Strayer
  • Susan and God (1940) – directed by George Cukor
  • The Lady in Question (1940) – directed by Charles Vidor
  • Angels Over Broadway (1940) – directed by Ben Hecht & Lee Garmes
  • The Strawberry Blonde (1941) – directed by Raoul Walsh
  • Affectionately Yours (1941) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • Blood and Sand (1941) – directed by Rouben Mamoulian
  • You’ll Never Get Rich (1941) – directed by Sidney Lanfield
  • My Gal Sal (1942) – directed by Irving Cummings
  • Tales of Manhattan (1942) – directed by Julien Duvivier
  • You Were Never Lovelier (1942) – directed by William A. Seiter
  • Cover Girl (1944) – directed by Charles Vidor
  • Tonight and Every Night (1945) – directed by Victor Saville
  • Gilda (1946) – directed by Charles Vidor
  • Down to Earth (1947) – directed by Alexander Hall
  • The Lady from Shanghai (1947) – directed by Orson Welles
  • The Loves of Carmen (1948) – directed by Charles Vidor – also uncredited producer
  • Affair in Trinidad (1952) – directed by Vincent Sherman – also uncredited producer
  • Salome (1953) – directed by William Dieterle – also uncredited producer
  • Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) – directed by Curtis Bernhardt
  • Fire Down Below (1957) – directed by Robert Parrish
  • Pal Joey (1957) – directed by
  • George Sidney
  • Separate Tables (1958) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • They Came to Cordura (1959) – directed by Robert Rossen
  • The Story on Page One (1959) – directed by Clifford Odets
  • The Happy Thieves (1961) – directed by George Marshall – also executive producer
  • Circus World (1964) – directed by Henry Hathaway
  • The Money Trap (1965) – directed by Burt Kennedy,
  • The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) – directed by Terence Young – TV movie
  • The Rover (1967) – directed by Terence Young
  • The Bastard (1968) – directed by Duccio Tessari
  • The Naked Zoo (1970) – directed by William Grefé
  • Road to Salina (1970) – directed by George Lautner – aka La Route de Salina
  • The Wrath of God (1972) – directed by Ralph Nelson