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Rita Hayworth
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Promoting a scrap metal drive during World War II
Margarita Carmen Cansino

October 17, 1918
Died May 14, 1987(1987-05-14) (aged 68)
The San Remo, Manhattan, New York City, USA
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, dancer
Years active 1926-1972
Spouse(s) Edward C. Judson
(m. 1937-1943, divorced)
Orson Welles
(m. 1943-1948, divorced)
Prince Aly Khan
(m. 1949-1953, divorced)
Dick Haymes
(m. 1953-1955, divorced)
James Hill
(m. 1958-1961, divorced)
Children Rebecca Welles (dead)
Yasmin Aga Khan
Parent(s) Eduardo Cansino, Sr.
Volga Hayworth
Relatives Eduardo Cansino, Jr.
(brother, dead)
Richard Cansino (nephew)

Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "The Love Goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, once called her his favorite dance partner. Her greatest success was in the Technicolor musical Cover Girl (1944), with Gene Kelly. She 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. The public disclosure and discussion of her illness drew attention to Alzheimer's, which was largely unknown by most people at the time, and helped to increase public and private funding for Alzheimer's research.

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