Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Redhead of the Week

Born in Brooklyn as Margarita Carmen Cansino, Hollywood film star Rita Hayworth was the daughter of a Spanish flamenco dancer and a Ziegfeld girl. At 16, and already an accomplished professional dancer, Hayworth was signed by Fox Studios in 1935, but often worked for other studios, including Columbia Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and Warner Brothers for the title role in Raoul Walsh's The Strawberry Blonde (1941) with James Cagney.

Rita's sex symbol status was created in 1941 with Bob Landry's Life magazine photograph of her kneeling on her bed in a silk and lace nightgown. Five million copies were sold, and the photo became a famous wartime pinup.

Hayworth's well-known films include: You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and You Were Never Lovelier (1942), both with Fred Astaire, who cited Hayworth as his favorite dancing partner; My Gal Sal (1942) with Victor Mature; and her best known musical, Cover Girl (1944) with Gene Kelly.

Hayworth left her film career in 1948 to marry the Pakistani Prince Ali Khan, who was the vice-president of the United Nations General Assembly representing Pakistan. He was also the son of Aga Khan III, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam.

After the marriage ended in 1951, Hayworth returned to America to film a string of hit films and a couple of more husbands. She was married five times: Edward C. Judson (1937–1943); Orson Welles (1943–1948); Prince Aly Khan (1949–1953); Dick Haymes (1953–1955); and James Hill (1958–1961).

Thanks to Rita, Wikipedia, and the Dancing Cansinos

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