Rita Hayworth

Actor, Dancer
Where Hollywood glamour was concerned, one thing was undeniable - there never was a woman like Rita Hayworth. The ultimate Hollywood bombshell of the wartime 1940's, titian-haired Hayworth left a mark on the silver ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1918 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (49)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Wrath of God 1971 (Movie)

Senora De La Plata (Actor)

The Rover 1970 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

La Route de Salina 1969 (Movie)


The Naked Zoo 1969 (Movie)


Sons of Satan 1968 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Rosalie Kenny (Actor)

Circus World 1964 (Movie)

Lili Alfredo (Actor)

The Happy Thieves 1961 (Movie)

Eve Lewis (Actor)

The Story on Page One 1959 (Movie)

Jo Morris (Actor)

Separate Tables 1958 (Movie)

Ann Shankland (Actor)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

Adelaide Geary (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1957 (Movie)

Irena (Actor)

Pal Joey 1957 (Movie)

Vera Simpson (Actor)

The Lady From Shanghai 1948 (Movie)

Elsa Bannister (Actor)

Gilda 1946 (Movie)

Gilda (Actor)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

Rusty Parker / Maribelle Hicks (Actor)

Blood and Sand 1941 (Movie)

Dona Sol (Actor)

Angels over Broadway 1940 (Movie)

Nina Barona (Actor)

The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

Virginia Brush (Actor)

Only Angels Have Wings 1939 (Movie)

Judith (Actor)

Susan and God 1939 (Movie)

Leonora Stubbs (Actor)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

Chris Emery (Actor)

Affectionately Yours (Movie)

Irene Malcolm (Actor)

Blondie on a Budget (Movie)

Joan Forrester (Actor)

Charlie Chan in Egypt (Movie)

Nayda (Actor)

Convicted (Movie)

Jerry Wheeler (Actor)

Criminals of the Air (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Dante's Inferno (Movie)

Specialty Dancer (Actor)

Down to Earth (Movie)

Terpsichore/Kitty Pendleton (Actor)

Girls Can Play (Movie)

Sue Collins (Actor)

Hit the Saddle (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Human Cargo (Movie)

Carmen Zoro (Actor)

Juvenile Court (Movie)

Marcia Adams (Actor)

Miss Sadie Thompson (Movie)

Sadie Thompson (Actor)

Music in My Heart (Movie)

Patricia O'Malley (Actor)

My Gal Sal (Movie)

Sally Elliott (Actor)

Old Louisiana (Movie)

Angela Gonzales (Actor)

Tales of Manhattan (Movie)

Ethel Halloway (Actor)

The Game That Kills (Movie)

Betty Holland (Actor)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Natalie Rouguin (Actor)

The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Loves of Carmen (Movie)

Carmen Garcia (Actor)

The Renegade Ranger (Movie)

Judith Alvarez (Actor)

There's Always a Woman (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Tonight and Every Night (Movie)

Rosalind (Roz) Bruce (Actor)

Trouble in Texas (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Who Killed Gail Preston? (Movie)

Gail Preston (Actor)

You Were Never Lovelier (Movie)

Maria Acuna (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Happy Thieves 1961 (Movie)



Where Hollywood glamour was concerned, one thing was undeniable - there never was a woman like Rita Hayworth. The ultimate Hollywood bombshell of the wartime 1940's, titian-haired Hayworth left a mark on the silver screen that would make her a movie icon for generations to follow. Growing up in show business, Hayworth began her career as a Spanish dancer, a considerable talent that later set her apart from other leading ladies. It was Hayworth's sultry roles, however, that made her a star. As the femme fatale star of "Gilda" (1946), Hayworth most famously raised pulses with just the flip of her hair and the slow, seductive removal of a single black satin glove. With her signature wavy, auburn hair and charismatic smile, the sexy actress quickly became a popular pin-up girl during WWII - her likeness was even painted on the side of the atomic bomb tested at Bikini Atoll. Though she was know as the Love Goddess, the very shy Hayworth struggled in her own personal life, claiming famously that "men would fall in love with Gilda but awaken with me." But with a talent and beauty like none other, Hayworth captured the hearts of moviegoers as one of Hollywood's greatest movie goddesses.


Yasmin Aga Khan Narrator

Born on Dec. 28, 1949 in Lausanne, Switzerland; father, Alyy Khan

Eduardo Cansino

Formed vaudeville act with wife

Andrew Embiricos

Born c. 1986 to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Greek shipping heir Basil Embiricos Was found dead of apparent suicide on Dec. 4, 2011 in NYC

Volga Haworth

Appeared in the "Ziegfeld Follies" and formed vaudeville act with husband

Vinton Haworth Actor


Dick Haymes Actor

Married Sept. 24, 1953 Divorced Dec. 12, 1955

James Hill Editor

Married Feb. 2, 1958 Divorced Sept. 7, 1961

Edward Judson

Acted as Hayworth's manager-agent in the early days of her film career Eloped with 18-year-old Hayworth on May 29, 1937 Divorced on May 22, 1942

Alyy Khan Actor

Married May 27, 1949 Separated in 1951 over his infidelities Divorced Jan. 26, 1953

Gary Merrill Actor

Had four-year relationship

Ginger Rogers Actor

Popular film star of the 1930s, 40s and 50s who later returned to the musical comedy stage where she first enjoyed success; won Oscar as Best Actress of 1940 for "Kitty Foyle"; starred in a segment of the anthology film "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), but a different one from the one which highlighted Hayworth; not all sources confirm that Rogers and Hayworth were cousins

Orson Welles Actor

Married on Sept. 7, 1943 Separated just before shooting of "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948) Divorced Dec. 1, 1948

Rebecca Welles

Born on Dec. 17, 1944 in California; father, Orson Welles


Alexander Hamilton High School

Los Angeles , California

attended New York City public schools

Carthay School

Los Angeles , California



Last film, "The Wrath of God", co-starring Robert Mitchum


Fifth movie with Glenn Ford, "The Money Trap"


Made sole venture into TV movies, co-starring in "The Poppy Is Also a Flower" (ABC); had brief theatrical run in NYC after TV airing


Was miscast opposite Rex Harrison in the comedy "The Happy Thieves"


Essayed an adulterous wife on trial for murdering her husband in "The Story on Page One"


Played a dissolute Mexican woman in "They Came to Corduba" opposite Gary Cooper


Co-starred with Burt Lancaster in "Separate Tables", produced by then-husband James Hill


Directed by then estranged husband Orson Welles in "The Lady From Shanghai";


Third film with Ford and Vidor, "The Loves of Carmen"


Starred in the title role of her best-remembered film, "Gilda"; Ford co-starred and Vidor directed; singing voice dubbed by Anita Ellis


Had lead in "My Gal Sal"


Career further boosted by appearances in two musical opposite Fred Astaire, "You'll Never Get Rich" and "You Were Never Lovelier"


Appeared for first time with red hair in "The Strawberry Blonde" (filmed in black-and-white)


First of five films with Glenn Ford, "The Lady in Question", directed by Charles Vidor


Signed with Columbia; in B pictures until Howard Hawks cast her in "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939)


First garnered attention for small role as a dancer in "Cargo"


Appeared in "Under the Pampas Moon" and "Dante's Inferno", both for Fox


Put under contract by Fox


Acted in the Spanish-language feature "Cruz Diablo"


Film debut dancing with her parents in the shorts, "La Fiesta" and "Anna Case with the Dancing Cansinos"

Absent from film for three years during her affair with and marriage to Aly Khan; returned to films with "Affair in Trinidad" (1952), co-starring Ford

Another similar absence from film after "Salome" and "Miss Sadie Thompson" (both 1953) during marriage to singer Dick Haymes; returned to film in 1957 to appear in "Pal Joey" and "Fire Down Below"

Began dancing career at age six, performing with parents; worked in Mexican nightclubs as a Spanish dancer from age 13

Bonus Trivia


Her parents appeared in vaudeville on the same bill as a young Fred Astaire (then teamed with his sister Adele).


Hayworth's singing voice in her films was dubbed, most often by Nan Wynn.