Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), was an American actress of Spanish and Anglo-Irish descent who reached fame during the 1940s as the era's leading sex symbol. Although there was prejudice against Hispanic actors at the time, Hayworth is now widely regarded to be one of the first Hispanic-American "sex goddess" of "Golden Age" Hollywood with leading roles in film.
Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino (Sr.) and Ziegfeld girl Volga Haworth .
She performed with her parents in nightclubs in California and the Foreign Club in Tijuana, Mexico. Hayworth was on stage by the age of six as a member of The Cansinos, a famous family of Roma Gitano Spanish dancers working in vaudeville. At age sixteen, Rita attracted the attention of film producers as part of "The Dancing Cansinos" and was signed by Fox Studios in 1935.
After her option was not renewed by Fox,...
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Circus World, also known as Samuel Bronston's Circus World, is a 1964 drama film made by the independent production company Bronson and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Samuel Bronston, with Michal Waszynski as executive producer. The screenplay was by Ben Hecht, Julian Halevy and James Edward Grant, from a story by Philip Yordan and Nicholas Ray. The music score was by Dimitri Tiomkin and the cinematography by Jack Hildyard. The film was made in Super Technirama 70 and shown at some venues in Cinerama.
It starred John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth with Lloyd Nolan, John Smith and Richard Conte.
The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song for Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington (lyrics), while Rita Hayworth was nominated for the Best Actress award.
At the turn of the twentieth century, circus owner Matt Masters (John Wayne) takes his circus on a tour to Europe in search of his long-lost love, Lili Alfredo (Rita...,
Salome is a Technicolor 1953 Biblical epic film made by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by William Dieterle and produced by Buddy Adler and Rita Hayworth from a screenplay by Harry Kleiner and Jesse Lasky Jr. The music score was by George Duning, the dance music by Daniele Amfitheatrof and the cinematography by Charles Lang. Charles Pym supplied the stage directions.
The film starred Rita Hayworth as Salome, as well as Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton and Judith Anderson, with Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Badel and Basil Sydney.
Although based on the New Testament story, the film does not follow the biblical text. Salome falls in love with a heroic Roman soldier (Granger) who becomes a Christian convert. In a direct reversal of the Biblical text, she dances for Herod to save John the Baptist from being beheaded, but is unsuccessful. Horrified, she renounces her mother Herodias, who planned and ordered the execution, and also becomes a Christian convert. The last scene shows Hayworth...,
Miss Sadie Thompson is a musical drama 3-d film starring Rita Hayworth, Aldo Ray, Jose Ferrer released in 1953. It is based on the Somerset Maugham short story Miss Thompson. Previous versions include Sadie Thompson (1928) starring Gloria Swanson and Rain (1932) starring Joan Crawford.A B-girl from Hawaii, a religious zealot and a love struck marine struggle with sin and salvation while Sadie Thompson kicks out several songs including the Oscar nominated "Blue Pacific Blues".This was Rita Hayworth's 3rd film after her marriage to Prince Aly Khan had kept her off screen for four years. The public eagerly welcomed her return in two previous films Affair in Trinidad and Salome so Columbia had no problems in giving Miss Sadie Thompson an "A" film budget. 3D-films had been drawing crowds so it was used as well. Exteriors were filmed on Kauai, Hawaii with interiors on the Columbia lot. The original story of sin and redemption was sanitized to appease The Production Code and several musicals...
Affair in Trinidad is a 1952 film produced by Columbia Pictures starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. It is notable as Hayworth's "comeback" film after four years away from Columbia, as a reteaming of the Gilda (1946) co-stars, and for a fiery opening dance number by Hayworth. The film outgrossed Gilda at the box office by one million dollars.
The Loves of Carmen was a 1948 Technicolor film starring Rita Hayworth as the gypsy Carmen and Glenn Ford as her doomed lover Don Jose. It was directed by Charles Vidor and released by Columbia Pictures. The film was publicized as a dramatic adaptation of the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée and is otherwise unrelated to Georges Bizet's opera of that name. This was the first film chosen and co-produced by Hayworth's production company, the Beckworth Corporation, which gave her approval over her material and a percentage of the film's profits.As co-producer, Hayworth hired her father, the dancer Eduardo Cansino, to help choreograph the traditional Spanish dances. Also, her uncle José Cansino can be seen as her dance partner in one passage.The musical score of the film was composed by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco....
"The Lady from Shanghai" is a 1948 black-and-white film noir directed by Orson Welles and starring Welles, his then-estranged wife Rita Hayworth, and Everett Sloane. It is based on the novel "If I Die Before I Wake" by Sherwood King.The Lady from Shanghai tells the story of Michael O'Hara (Welles), who foils a robbery attempt against a beautiful blonde, Elsa (Hayworth). Elsa and her husband, the famous crippled criminal attorney Arthur Bannister (Sloane), are newly arrived in New York City from Shanghai. They are on their way to San Francisco via the Panama Canal. Michael, who is attracted to Elsa, agrees to sign on as an able seaman aboard Bannister's yacht. He meets Bannister's law partner, George Grisby, who is traveling with the married couple. Grisby induces Michael to help Grisby fake his own death for the insurance money. Michael is attracted to Elsa, and plans to run away with her once Grisby pays him a cut of the insurance. But then Grisby and one of Bannister's hired men are...,
Gilda (1946) is a black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor. It stars Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate femme fatale. The film was noted for cinematographer Rudolph Mate's lush photography, costume designer Jean Louis's sexy wardrobe for Hayworth (particularly for the dance numbers), and choreographer Jack Cole's staging of "Put the Blame on Mame" and "Amado Mio".
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, small-time hood Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is rescued from a robbery attempt by Ballin Mundson (George Macready). Later that night, when Farrell is suspected of cheating in an illegal high-class casino, he is brought to the casino's owner, who turns out to be Farrell's benefactor. Farrell talks Mundson into hiring him and quickly earns Mundson's confidence. However, the snobbish washroom attendant, Uncle Pio (Steven Geray), keeps calling him "peasant."
One day, Mundson goes away on a trip, leaving Farrell in charge. When he returns, he has a beautiful...,
Cover Girl is a 1944 musical film starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. The film, the first Columbia Pictures production shot in Technicolor, tells the story of a chorus girl given a chance at stardom when she's offered an opportunity to be a highly-paid cover girl. The film was directed by Charles Vidor, and was one of the most popular musicals of the war years.
Primarily a showcase for Rita Hayworth, the film has lavish modern and 1890s costumes, eight dance routines for Hayworth, and songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, including the classic "Long Ago and Far Away". The film won the 1944 Academy Award for best musical scoring.
A chorus girl named Rusty is given a chance for stardom by a wealthy magazine editor, who years earlier had been in love with her grandmother. Offered an opportunity to be a highly-paid cover girl, Rusty would faithfully remain with her nightclub act if only the club manager and boyfriend (Kelly) would ask her. He doesn't want to stand in her way, so he...
You Were Never Lovelier (Columbia Pictures) is a 1942 Hollywood musical comedy film, set in Buenos Aires. It starred Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by William A. Seiter.
This, the second of Astaire's outings with Hayworth, avoids wartime themes, and benefits from lavish production values – a consequence of the box-office success of the earthier You'll Never Get Rich. Kern here created a memorable standard with "I'm Old Fashioned", and there is a faultless trio of classic dance routines; but sugary sentimentalism enters, and rather eccentric art direction. Initially, Kern was unhappy about the selection of Cugat and his orchestra; however, when production was complete, he was so pleased with the band's performance that he presented him with a silver baton. Although Hayworth had a fine voice, Harry Cohn insisted on her singing being dubbed throughout by Nan Wynn.
Tales of Manhattan is a 1942 black-and-white anthology film directed by Julien Duvivier. Thirteen writers, including Ben Hecht, Alan Campbell, Ferenc Molnár, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Donald Ogden Stewart worked on the six stories in this film.The stories follow a black formal tailcoat that appears to be cursed. The first story is a love triangle between Charles Boyer, Thomas Mitchell, and Rita Hayworth. Boyer plays an actor who gives his finest performance when he's shot while wearing the jacket.The second tale is a comic story featuring Ginger Rogers who finds a romantic love letter in her future husband's jacket (the cursed jacket). The jacket was sold to him at a discount. Her boyfriend (Cesar Romero) enlists his best man (Henry Fonda) to help bail him out. Things don't go as suspected when Rogers becomes attracted to Fonda.The third tale stars Charles Laughton. He plays a poor but brilliant musician whose one big chance at fame and recognition is in jeopardy because of his wearing...,
My Gal Sal is a 1942 20th Century Fox musical starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature. The film is a biopic of 1890s composer and songwriter Paul Dresser.
You'll Never Get Rich (Columbia Pictures) is a 1941 Hollywood musical comedy film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Robert Benchley, Cliff Nazarro, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The film was directed by Sidney Lanfield.
This was Hayworth's first starring role in a big budgeted film, and while the film was in production Life Magazine put her on its cover, which soon became one of the most widely distributed pin-ups of all time. Hayworth, a talented and sensual dancer of astonishing natural grace and beauty, cooperated enthusiastically with Astaire's intense rehearsal habits, and was later to remark: "I guess the only jewels in my life are the pictures I made with Fred Astaire". The picture was very successful at the box office, turning Hayworth into a major star, and provided a welcome boost to Astaire who felt his career had flagged since breaking with Ginger Rogers.
One of the film's songs: Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye was nominated for an Academy...,
The Strawberry Blonde was a 1941 Warner Brothers film starring James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland. It was nominated for an Oscar in 1941 for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture. The film features songs such as "Bill Bailey", "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louie," and "And the Band Played On".
In 1890s New York City, Biff Grimes (Cagney) falls in love with society girl and strawberry blonde Virginia Brush (Hayworth). However, Biff's more enterprising "pal" Hugo Barnstead (Jack Carson) wins Virginia's affections. Biff ends up marrying Virginia's less glamorous best friend, Amy Lind (de Havilland).
Dante's Inferno is a 1935 motion picture that draws for inspiration on The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Its sole substance lies in a ten minute depiction of hell realised by director Harry Lachman, himself an established post-impressionist painter.Rita Hayworth appears as a dancer under the credit Rita Cansino.The film uses a conventional story of greed and dishonesty to project an image of the Inferno conjured up in Dante's 14th century epic poem. Director Lachman had established a substantial reputation as a painter before embarking on a Hollywood career and he summoned his artistic vision to realise Dante's work in cinematographic form, drawing on the engravings of Gustave Doré.The film's reputation pivots on the 10 minute vision of the Inferno and reception has been mixed. Leslie Halliwell described it as "one of the most unexpected, imaginative and striking pieces of cinema in Hollywood's history," while Variety held that it was, "a pushover for vigorous exploitation."In...,
Rita Hayworth was born in Brooklyn, New York, New York