Rita Hayworth

(redirected from Margarita Carmen Cansino)
Rita Hayworth
Margarita Carmen Cansino
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Actress, dancer

Hayworth, Rita (b. Margarita Carmen Cansino)

(1918–87) movie actress; born in New York City. Child of then well-known Latin dancer, Eduardo Cansino, she began dancing in public at age six and began her movie career in her teens, dancing as a sultry señorita. She took some acting lessons, changed her name, and (with her now red hair) started a new career. She proved to be a versatile performer, at home in musicals (although her singing was dubbed), more than able-bodied as a sex goddess (as in Gilda, 1946), and maturing into a creditable actress in such movies as Separate Tables (1958). Her offscreen life had its own glamour, what with her marriages to Orson Welles and Aly Khan, but two more unhappy marriages and Alzheimer's disease clouded her final years.
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My real name was Margarita Carmen Cansino, and some legends say that the Margarita cocktail was named after me.
Rita entered the film industry as Margarita Carmen Cansino, but movie moguls found the name Rita less of a mouthful.
A The flame-haired temptress with the perfect 36-4-36 figure (1918-87) was born Margarita Carmen Cansino.