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The Greenwich Village Follies 
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Performer: The Cansinos
Sep 20, 1923 - Jan 1924
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Margarita Carmen Cansino
Glamorous Red Hair, Shining Smile, Sultry Eyes, Long Legs, Beautiful Hands, Natural Elegance And Grace
Max Factor Pancake Makeup (Magazine Advertisement) , Lux Soap (magazine advertisement) , Chesterfield Cigarettes (Magazine Advertisement) 
Eduardo Cansino Sr. (Famous dancer during the 20s and 30s)
Volga Hayworth Cansino (Ziegfeld girl, maiden name Hayworth)
Eduardo Cansino jr (nickname "Sonny"), Vernon Cansino
Hermes Pan (choreographer and life long friend), Ann Miller, Lola and Jackson Leighter (Jackson Leighter filmed her honeymoon with Aly Khan known as "Champagne Safari"), Glenn Ford (favourite co-star, best friend and neighbour), Fred Astaire, Jane Withers, Gloria and Phillip Luchenbill, Gene Kelly
Charles Vidor (Rita's favorite director)
Doberman (Dog) , cocker spaniel (Dog - Pookles), dachshunds (Dog)
Mexico, Barcelona, Paris
Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)
French chansons (Edith Piaf), Latin music (various artists), Spanish music (various artists)
Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective (Caren Roberts-Frenzel), Bette, Rita and the Rest of My Life  (Gary Merrill), The Films of Rita Hayworth  (Gene Ringgold), The Glamor Girls  (James R. Parish, Don Stanke), Rita Hayworth: The Time, The Place and the Woman  (John Kobal), Rita: The Life of Rita Hayworth  (Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein), Rita Hayworth: A Memoir  (James Hill)
Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess , Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth , Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream , Rita 
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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 a total of 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "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.
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==[[Rita Hayworth]]== Performer -
===Born=== 17 Oct 1918 Brooklyn, New York City, New York USA
===Died=== 14 May 1987 New York City , New York USA
===Also known as:=== Margarita Carmen Cansino [Birthname] and Rita Cansino
===Relations:=== 1. Daughter of [[Eduardo Cansino]] **2. Daughter of [[Volga Cansino]] *** 3. Niece of [[Angel Cansino]] ****4. Niece of [[Elsa Cansino]] *****5. Niece of [[Vinton Hayworth]]
===Spouses=== 1. Wife of [[Edward Charles Holmgren Judson]] (1937 - 1942) divorced **2. Wife of [[Orson Welles]] (1943 - 1948) divorced ***3. Wife of [[Prince Aly Khan]] (1949 - 1953) divorced ****4. Wife of [[Dick Haymes]] (1953 - 1955) divorced *****5. Wife of [[James Hill]] (1958 - 1961) divorced
==[[Rita Hayworth]]== (born [[Margarita Carmen Cansino]]; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940's as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "love goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940's. She was the top pin-up girl for GI's during World War II.
===Marriages and family=== In 1941, Hayworth said she was the antithesis of the characters she played. "I naturally am very shy ... and I suffer from an inferiority complex."Her provocative role in Gilda, in particular, was responsible for people expecting her to be what she was not. Hayworth once said, with some bitterness, "Men go to bed with Gilda, but wake up with me."
===Hayworth's two younger brothers===, [[Eduardo Cansino Jr.]] (October 13, 1919 – March 11, 1974) and [[Vernon Cansino]], both served in World War II. Vernon left the United States Army in 1946 with several medals, including the Purple Heart, and later married [[Susan Vail]], a dancer. Eduardo Jr. followed Hayworth into acting; he was also under contract with Columbia Pictures. In 1950, he made his screen debut in [[The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd]].
===Hayworth was married and divorced five times===. She said, "Basically, I am a good, gentle person, but I am attracted to mean personalities.
===[[Edward Charles Judson]]=== In 1937, when Hayworth was 18, she married Edward Judson, an oilman turned promoter who was more than twice her age. They married in Las Vegas. He had played a major role in launching her acting career. A shrewd businessman, he was domineering and became her manager for months before he proposed. "He helped me with my career," Hayworth conceded after they divorced, "and helped himself to my money." She alleged that Judson compelled her to transfer a considerable amount of her property to him and she promised to pay him $12,000 under threats that he would do her "great bodily harm."
==She filed for divorce=== from him on February 24, 1942, with a complaint of cruelty. She noted to the press that his work took him to Oklahoma and Texas while she lived and worked in Hollywood. Judson was as old as her father, who was enraged by the marriage, which caused a rift between Hayworth and her parents until the divorce. Judson had failed to tell Hayworth before they married that he had previously been married twice. When she left him, she literally had no money; she asked her friend Hermes Pan if she could eat at his home.
===[[Orson Welles]]=== Hayworth married Orson Welles on September 7, 1943, during the run of The Mercury Wonder Show. None of her colleagues knew about the planned wedding (before a judge) until she announced it the day before. For the civil ceremony, she wore a beige suit, a ruffled white blouse, and a veil. A few hours after they got married, they returned to work at the studio. They had a daughter, Rebecca, who was born on December 17, 1944, and died at the age of 59 on October 17, 2004. They struggled in their marriage. Hayworth said that Welles did not want to be tied down:
===During the entire period of our marriage===, he showed no interest in establishing a home. When I suggested purchasing a home, he told me he didn't want the responsibility. Mr. Welles told me he never should have married in the first place; that it interfered with his freedom in his way of life.
===Hayworth called Welles the great love of her life===. On November 10, 1947, she was granted a divorce that became final the following year.
===[[Prince Aly Khan]]=== In 1948, Hayworth left her film career to marry Prince Aly Khan, a son of Sultan Mahommed Shah, Aga Khan III, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam. They were married on May 27, 1949. Her bridal trousseau had been influenced by Dior's "New Look", launched in 1947.
===Aly Khan and his family=== were heavily involved in horse racing, owning and racing horses. Hayworth had no interest in the sport, but became a member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club anyway. Her filly, Double Rose, won several races in France and finished second in the 1949 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.]
===In 1951===, while still married to Hayworth, Khan was spotted dancing with the actress [[Joan Fontaine]] in the nightclub where he and Hayworth had met. Hayworth threatened to divorce him in Reno, Nevada. In early May, Hayworth moved to Nevada to establish legal residence to qualify for a divorce. She stayed at Lake Tahoe with their daughter, saying there was a threat the child would be kidnapped. Hayworth filed for divorce from Khan on September 2, 1951, on the grounds of "extreme cruelty, entirely mental in nature."
===Hayworth once said=== she might convert to Islam, but did not. During the custody fight over their daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, born December 28, 1949, the prince said he wanted her to be raised as a Muslim; Hayworth wanted the child to be raised as a Christian. Hayworth rejected his offer of $1 million if she would rear Yasmin as a Muslim from age seven and allow her to go to Europe to visit with him for two or three months each year, stating:
===Nothing will make me give up Yasmin's chance to live here in America=== among our precious freedoms and habits. While I respect the Muslim faith, and all other faiths, it is my earnest wish that my daughter be raised as a normal, healthy American girl in the Christian faith. There isn't any amount of money in the entire world for which it is worth sacrificing this child's privilege of living as a normal Christian girl here in the United States. There just isn't anything else in the world that can compare with her sacred chance to do that. And I'm going to give it to Yasmin regardless of what it costs.
===In January 1953=== Hayworth was granted a divorce from Aly Khan on the grounds of extreme mental cruelty. Hayworth's daughter Yasmin played about the court while the case was being heard, finally climbing on to the Judge's lap
===[[Dick Haymes]]=== When Hayworth and Dick Haymes first met, he was still married and his singing career was waning. When she showed up at the clubs, he got a larger audience. Haymes was desperate for money, because two of his former wives were taking legal action against him for unpaid child support. His financial problems were so bad, he could not return to California without being arrested. On July 7, 1954, his ex-wife [[Nora Haymes]] got a bench warrant for his arrest, because he owed her $3,800 in alimony. Less than a week earlier, his other ex-wife, [[Joanne Dru]], also got a bench warrant because she said he owed $4,800 in support payments for their three children. Hayworth ended up paying most of Haymes's debts.
===Haymes was born in Argentina===, and did not have solid proof of American citizenship. Not long after he met Hayworth, U.S. officials initiated proceedings to have him deported to Argentina for being an illegal alien. He hoped Hayworth could influence the government and keep him in the United States. When she assumed responsibility for his citizenship, a bond was formed that led to marriage. The two were married on September 24, 1953, at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, and their wedding procession went through the casino.
===From the start of their marriage===, Haymes was deeply indebted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When Hayworth took time off from attending his comeback performances in Philadelphia, the audiences sharply declined. Haymes's $5000 weekly salary was attached by the IRS to pay a $100,000 bill, and he was unable to pay his pianist. Haymes' ex-wives demanded money while Hayworth publicly bemoaned her own lack of alimony from Aly Khan. At one point, the couple was effectively imprisoned in a hotel room for 24 hours in Manhattan at the Hotel Madison as sheriff's deputies waited outside threatening to arrest Haymes for outstanding debts. At the same time, Hayworth was fighting a severe custody battle with Khan, during which she reported death threats against their children. While living in New York, Hayworth sent the children to live with their nanny in Westchester County. They were found and photographed by a reporter from Confidential magazine.
===After a tumultuous two years together===, Haymes struck Hayworth in the face in 1955 in public at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles. Hayworth packed her bags, walked out, and never returned. The assault and crisis shook her, and her doctor ordered her to remain in bed for several days.
===Hayworth was short of money after her marriage to Haymes===. She had failed to gain child support from Aly Khan. She sued Orson Welles for back payment of child support which she claimed had never been paid. This effort was unsuccessful and added to her stress.
===[[James Hill]]=== Hayworth began a relationship with film producer James Hill, whom she went on to marry on February 2, 1958. He put her in one of her last major films, Separate Tables. This film was popular and highly praised, although [[The Harvard Lampoon]] named her the worst actress of 1958 for her performance. On September 1, 1961, Hayworth filed for divorce, alleging extreme mental cruelty. Hill later wrote [[Rita Hayworth: A Memoir]], in which he suggested that their marriage collapsed because he wanted Hayworth to continue making movies, while she wanted them both to retire from Hollywood.
===In his autobiography===, [[Charlton Heston]] wrote about Hayworth's brief marriage to Hill. One night Heston and his wife Lydia joined the couple for dinner at a restaurant in Spain with the director George Marshall and the actor Rex Harrison, Hayworth's co-star in The Happy Thieves. Heston wrote that the occasion "turned into the single most embarrassing evening of my life," describing how Hill heaped "obscene abuse" on Hayworth until she was "reduced to a helpless flood of tears, her face buried in her hands." Heston wrote that the others sat stunned, witnesses to a "marital massacre" and, though he was "strongly tempted to slug (Hill)him", he left with his wife Lydia after she stood up, almost in tears. Heston wrote, "I'm ashamed of walking away from Miss Hayworth's humiliation. I never saw her again
==[[Rita Hayworth]]== The daughter of Spanish dancer [[Eduardo Cansino]], studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head [[Winfield R. Sheehan]], leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's [[Inferno]] (1935). Fox dropped her after five small roles, but expert, exploitative promotion by her first husband [[Edward Judson]] soon brought Rita a new contract at [[Columbia Pictures]], where studio head [[Harry Cohn]] changed her surname to Hayworth and approved raising her hairline by electrolysis. After 13 mainly minor roles, Columbia lent her to Warner Bros. for her first big success, [[The Strawberry Blonde]] (1941); her splendid dancing with [[Fred Astaire]] in [[You'll Never Get Rich]] (1941) made her a star.
===In person Rita was shy===, quiet and unassuming; only when the cameras rolled did she turn on the explosive sexual charisma that in Gilda (1946) made her a superstar. To Rita, though, domestic bliss was a more important, if elusive, goal, and in 1949 she interrupted her career for marriage - unfortunately an unhappy one almost from the start - to the playboy Prince Aly Khan. Her films after her divorce from Khan include perhaps her best straight acting performances, [[Miss Sadie Thompson]] (1953) and [[They Came to Cordura]] (1959). Beginning in 1960 (age 42), early onset of Alzheimer's disease (Undiagnosed until 1980) limited Rita's ability. The last few roles in her 60-film career were increasingly small. Almost helpless by 1981, Rita was cared for by her daughter Yasmin Khan until her death at age 68.
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==Margarita Carmen Cansino== was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was eight years old when her family was filmed in a movie called [[La Fiesta]] (1926). It was her first film appearance, albeit an un-credited one.
===Rita was seen dancing=== by a 20th Century Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's "second" debut was in the film [[Cruz Diablo]] (1934) at age 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "[[Rita Cansino]]" until she played the second female lead in [[Only Angels Have Wings]] (1939) when she played [[Judy McPherson]]. By this time, she was at [[Columbia Pictures]] where she was getting top billing but it was the [[Warner Brothers]] film [[The Strawberry Blonde]] (1941) that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. This was the film that exuded the warmth and seductive vitality that was to make her famous. Her natural, raw beauty was showcased later that year in [[Blood and Sand]] (1941), filmed in Technicolor. She was probably the second most popular actress after [[Betty Grable]]. In [[You'll Never Get Rich]] (1941) with [[Fred Astaire]], was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had studied all her life, was astounding.
===After the hit [[Gilda]] (1946)===, her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier success. The drought began between [[The Lady from Shanghai]] (1947) and [[Champagne Safari]] (1954). Then after [[Salome]] (1953), she was not seen again until [[Pal Joey]] (1957). Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by the new star at Columbia, [[Kim Novak]]. After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960's, her career was essentially over.
===Her final film=== was [[The Wrath of God]] (1972). Her career was really never the same after [[Gilda]] (1946). Her dancing had made the film and it had made her. Perhaps [[Gene Ringgold]] said it best when he remarked, "Rita Hayworth is not an actress of great depth. She was a dancer, a glamorous personality, and a sex symbol. These qualities are such that they can carry her no further professionally." Perhaps he was right but Hayworth fans would vehemently disagree with him. Rita, herself, said, "Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me". Hit with Alzheimer's disease, diagnosed in 1980 after 20 years of symptoms, she died at age 68 on May 14, 1987, in New York City.
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[[James Hill]] (2 February 1958 - 7 September 1961) (divorced)
[[Dick Haymes]] (24 September 1953 - 12 December 1955) (divorced)
[[Prince Aly Khan]] (27 May 1949 - 26 January 1953) (divorced) (1 child)
[[Orson Welles]] (7 September 1943 - 1 December 1948) (divorced) (1 child)
[[Edward Charles Holmgren Judson]] (29 May 1937 - 22 May 1942) (divorced)
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