Rita Hayworth (born October 17, 1918 - May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer, a sex symbol of the 1940s.
Rita was born into a family of flamenco dancers. His father, the Spaniard Eduardo Cansino, emigrated from Spain in 1913. The mother of the Volga, of English and Irish descent, danced as part of the popular Broadway revue "Siegfield Girls". They met in 1916 and married the following year.
Rita has been dancing since early childhood, appearing for the first time at the age of eight as part of the Dancing Cancino Family in an episode of Fiesta, and dancing in clubs in California and Tijuana (Mexico) with her father.
At the age of 16, professional dancer Rita was spotted by the head of Fox, who offered her a contract. From 1935 to 1939, Rita starred in several small roles as dancers in Fox films as Rita Cansino. Then the film company terminated the contract, but soon Cancino signed a new contract with Columbia. This was largely the result of the efforts of her first husband, Edward Judson, a former car salesman who decided to dedicate himself to promoting his young wife to fame. Columbia CEO Harry Keane changed her last name to Hayworth (adding the letter "y" to her mother's last name, Heworth). Rita dyed her black hair red and underwent painful electrolysis for a long time to raise the hairline too low.
In 1941, Columbia borrowed a Warner Bros. actress to star in The Straw Blonde. This role was the first to reveal naturalness, fullness of life and sexuality, which later made her a sex symbol on the big screen. That same year, Rita played the passionate Spaniard Dona Sol des Muire in a pair with Tyrone Power in the early color film Blood and Sand.
In the musicals "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) and "You've Never Been Better" (1942), Rita finally got a chance to reveal her talent as a dancer paired with Fred Aster. In 1942, she starred with another legendary dancer, Gene Kelly, in the film "Girl on the Cover" (1944). Rita was a mediocre singer, so she usually performed vocals on the phonograph