Rita Hayworth Biography

Rita Hayworth Hayworth
( 1918 - )
May 20, 2018
First published on:May 20, 2018

Facts of Rita Hayworth Biography

Date of Birth: 1918 October 17
Age: 99 years old
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Gender: Female
occupation Dancer and Actress
aka The American Love Goddness
body_measurement 37-24-36
networth $12 million
ethnicity American
nationality American
religion -
spouse Edward C. Judson (married 1937–1942) Orson Welles (married 1943–1947) Prince Aly Khan (married 1949–1953) Dick Haymes (married 1953–1955) James Hill (married 1958–1961)
education -
place_of_birth New York City
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An American actress and dancer, Rita Hayworth aka The Great American Love Goddess, hit stardom as an actress after her appearance in The Strawberry Blonde in 1941. Rits was best known for her performance in Charles Vidor's Gilda (1946). But Rita died on May 14, 1987, of Alzheimer's disease.


At the age of 18, Rita was married to husband, Edward Judson- an oilman turned promoter who was twice of her age in 1937 but she got divorced. After that, she married Orson Welles. Today we are about the reveal all the detail information about Rita Hayworth's relationships, divorce, husband, death, affairs, boyfriend, married life, marriage, age, mother, children, early life, education, net worth, salary. Stick with us.

Rita Hayworth Early life and Education

Rita Hayworth was born on October 17, 1918, in New York City as Margarita Carmen Cansino to Eduardo Cansino Sr-an American dancer and actor, father and Volga Hayworth- an American dancer. Since the very early age, Rita's father wanted her to be a professional dancer, whereas her mother hoped she would become an actress.

And by the time Rita was 12,  she was dancing professionally. Later she moved to Los Angeles with her family. There she joined her father on the stage in nightclubs both in Mexico and the United States. While performing in the stage in Agua Caliente, Mexico, A Fox Film Company producer spotted her and inked her to a contract.

Rita Hayworth Career

Rita Hayworth made her film debut in 1935 with Under the Pampas Moon which was followed by a string of other films including Dante's Inferno (1935) with Spencer Tracy, Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Meet Nero Wolfe (1936), and Human Cargo (1936). Although she made her film debut, she was still unknown.

And finally, her acting career took a "U" turn when she married her first husband, Edward C. Judson in 1937, he was 22 years older than her. On the advice of Edward, Rita not only changed her last name but also changed the color of her hair.

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth with first husband Edward C. Judson ][ SOURCE: Pinterest ]

Edward really worked hard to ger Rita plenty of press in the magazines and newspaper and after a long effort, Rita eventually got a 7 years contract with Columbia Pictures. After playing few roles in several mediocre films, Rita landed an important role- An unfaithful wife opposite Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  As critical praise came Hayworth's way, she was offered more movie.

After two years,  the relatively unknown actress shared the screen with Grant, Rita was a star herself. As Rita's stunning and sensual looks helped her to be s star. And the following  year, Winthrop Sargeant- Life magazine writer nicknamed Rita Hayworth "The Great American Love Goddess."

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth in Life Magazine ][ SOURCE: Parade ]

In 1941, Rita took the screen opposite, James Cagney in Strawberry Blonde and in the same year she shared the dance floor with Fred Astaire in You'll Never Get Rich. In the same year, she starred in three big films: My Gal Sal, Tales of Manhattan, and You Were Never Lovelier.

Youtube: Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth - Amazing dance scene;

Rita's high-voltage power of seduction was declared when her photograph in Life magazine-wearing black lace became the unofficial pin-up photo for the American servicemen serving overseas in World War II.

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth in Life Magazine ][ SOURCE: Pinterest ]

However, Rita didn't feel shy. In an interview, she said: 

"Why should I mind. I like having my picture taken and being a glamorous person. Sometimes when I find myself getting impatient, I always remember the time when I cried because nobody wanted to take my picture at the Trocadero."

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth ][ SOURCE: List.NET ]

Rita's stardom peaked with the film Gilda in 1946, she also starred in The Lady From Shanghai. Well Rita, starred in more than 15 movies in the 2 decades which also includes The Lady From Shanghai, including Miss Sadie Thompson (1953), Pal Joey (1957), Separate Tables (1958), and Circus World (1964).

Rita Hayworth Personal, Married Life, Children, Divorce

After her divorce with Edward C. Judson, Rita tied the knot with Orson Welles in 1937 and had a daughter, Rebecca. But in 1947, Rita filed for divorce from Orson. 

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth with her ex-husband and daughter-Rebecca ][ SOURCE: Pinterest ]

Rita met Prince Aly Khan and fall in love with him. They got married in 1949 and had a daughter together, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. After 2 years, she got a divorce from Khan and later again married and divorce the singer, Dick Haymes. And her 5th and the final marriage was with the movie producer, James Hill.

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth with Prince Aly Khan ][ SOURCE: Gentleman's Gazette ]
[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth with husband James Hill ][ SOURCE: gettyimage.com ]

Rita Hayworth- Cause of death

As Rita’s personal life faced problems, she also faced problems in her acting career. Her role in the Periodic film made a way for her but they failed to capture project and magic that the star power her in earlier work. She appeared in more than 40 movies and the last movie was the 1972 film- The Warth of God.

Rita even tried her luck in a stage career, but it was halted when it was noticed that Rita was unable to memorize her lines. The producer and other cast noticed that Rita was diminishing her skills.

[ CAPTION: Rita Hayworth with her daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Kha ][ SOURCE: Alchetron ]

Most of them believed it was a severe alcohol problem. In the same year, California court, citing Rita’s alcohol issue and named an administrator of her affair. But alcohol was the only the reason that helped her to run her life.

Rita was suffering from Alzheimer disease and doctors diagnosed her as having in 1980. Soon, she was placed under the care of her daughter- Princess Yasmin.

After many years of struggling, Rita died on May 14, 1987, in the apartment in New York City.

Rita Hayworth Net Worth

As Rita was an American actress and dancer, she collected a huge sum of money from her acting and dancing career. She had a net worth of $10 million. She had a house in Beverly Hills, California and sold it for $3,960,000.  After being a multi-talented personality, she lived a lavish life during her lifetime.

May 20, 2018
First published on:May 20, 2018
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