Margarita Carmen Cansino or as she is better known to a wider audience Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer, born in Brooklyn, New York.
She was the top star and an idol of the 40s movies, starring in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She was called “The Love Goddess” and became one of the most desired pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.
Her movie credentials include Gilda, Cover Girl, Blondie on a Budget, The Lady from Shanghai, and others, but would be known to millenials as a poster girl from Stephen King’s novella and the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Rita Hayworth 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.
Throughout her life Rita Hayworth have been married five times, but never more than for a 5 year span.