She would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and would bring the terrible disease into the public domain.
Rita Hayworth Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1918 - 1987 *** Full Name: Margarita Carmen Cansino would become known as Rita Hayworth *** Occupation: American Actress and Dancer *** Date of Birth: Rita Hayworth was born on October 17th 1918 *** Place of Birth: Rita Hayworth was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. *** Family background: Her father was Eduardo Cansino, Sr. from Casstilleja de la Cuesta near Seville in Spain. Her mother was Volga Hayworth who was an American with Irish and English ancestry. Her mother had performed with the famous Ziegfeld Follies. Her father was also a dancer as was her grandfather Antonio before him who had been a famous classical Spanish dancer. Her father had hopes of her becoming a professional dancer *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with two younger brothers, Eduardo, Jr and Vernon *** Education: Rita Hayworth attend Hamilton High in Los Angeles but did not complete high school ***
Rita Hayworth Fact 1: Rita Hayworth was born on October 17th 1918 and during the 20th century period in history when so many wonderful and terrible events shaped the world. World War I and World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War but also such marvels as advances in medicine, technology, travel, the expansion of car travel and air travel and a massive change within the industry of entertainment.
Rita Hayworth Fact 2: Her father was a hard taskmaster when it came to dancing. From as soon as she could walk she began dancing and did not enjoy it but lacked the courage to tell her father.
Rita Hayworth Fact 9: By the end of her six month term Fox had become 20th Century Fox and Darryle F Zanuck who was serving as the executive producer did not extend Rita's contract.
Rita Hayworth Fact 10: Her promoter at the time, Edward C. Judson still felt she had a lot of potential and was able to acquire her work as a freelance with Columbia Pictures and she would be signed up with a seven year contract by Harry Cohn.
Rita Hayworth Fact 12: She was loaned out to MGM for several small roles and she began to get noticed, so much so that Warner Bros. wanted to buy her contract and Cohn at Columbia refused.
Rita Hayworth Fact 17: Her next marriage was to Orson Welles and although she claimed him as the love of her life he refused to settle down even when they had a daughter, Rebecca, together.
Rita Hayworth Fact 18: Her next husband was Prince Aly Khan the son of Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III. They too would have a daughter together, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Hayworth filed for divorce when she suspected her husband was not being faithful to her.
Rita Hayworth Fact 19: Her four marriage was to Dick Haymes, a singer whose career was struggling. During Hayworth’s attendance he drew large crowds but without her he did not do well. He had not told her he had also been married twice before and owed both wives child support which Hayworth would pay.
Rita Hayworth Fact 20: Her fifth and final husband was James Hill a man of a character that Hayworth seemed to be drawn too, all of these men were cruel and abusive.
Rita Hayworth Fact 21: It is possible as a result of her poor life choices Rita turned to alcohol which would eventually take its toll on her health as well as her career. Although it would eventually become clear she was actually suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Rita Hayworth Fact 22: Rita Hayworth died at her home in Manhattan on May 14th 1987 aged sixty eight years. Her body was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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