- The most beautiful woman ever! Just stunning to look at.
- Her grandson is gay and posted photos of his uncut cock online several years ago.
- Always loved Rita Hayworth. Never get tired of looking at her pictures. (BTW Didn't her father sexually abuse her when she was a child or is that just a rumor?)
I think she once said about her failed marriage to Orson Welles: "He thought he was marrying 'Rita Hayworth,' but when he woke up in the morning it was me."
- [quote]I think she once said about her failed marriage to Orson Welles: "He thought he was marrying 'Rita Hayworth,' but when he woke up in the morning it was me."
The actual quote:
""Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me."
- I like R3's quote better!
- Orson Welles on Rita Hayworth: "Her whole life was suffering"
- Rita Hayworth was a pretty, not very smart, girl born in the business. She was an adequate dancer who had a penchant for marrying men who were bad for her not unlike Lana Turner.
- She was one of the most beautiful women of 1940s-50s Hollywood. And she was a great dancer--just look at the clips in the original post. She wasn't a great actress but certainly better than Lana Turner, for example. And her illness and death brought Alzheimer's disease to the national consciousness.
- Gilda....One of the best movie ever!
- "BTW Didn't her father sexually abuse her when she was a child or is that just a rumor?"
There was a biography published some years ago, that was quite frank about the incest. Her parents had had a Spanish dance act when they were young; when she was about 12 her father had her replace her mother in the act, and took her on tour while the mother stayed home. The father was a controling asshole, and according to the book treated little Rita like a new wife, including sex. She married her first husband to get away from him.
It's all in print, for what that's worth.
Rita was an excellent dancer.
- Rita deserves more attention in the DL.
- Love Rita Hayworth. Excellent dancer, pretty good actress, amazing screen presence. And unlike some of the Hollywood stars, never delivered a performance that could be viewed as bad camp, like Lana or Joan. And even though her singing voice was dubbed, she really performed while doing the lipsynch. Like this clip in Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)...very sexy.
- Thank you R13. Best part was Rita punching the pillow.
- Dance of Seen Veils
- Have Good Face
- Put the Blame on the Mame.
- Even in her first film, Dante's Inferno, where she just has a dance scene and looked so much different than what she became, she had that presence. BTW, the cinematographer for Dante's Inferno, Rudolph Mate, would photograph Rita in the mid 40s at Columbia for Gilda, Tonight and Every Night and Down to Earth.
- Sadly, her grandson wound up killing himself.
- Dancing with Gene Kelly in Cover Girl.
- There is something so fresh about her, she might not be the most gorgeous actress but she's irresistible. Though it seems she was more a straight guy fantasy (wasn't her photo on one of the bombs at Hiroshima or Nagasaki?) than a gay icon (the aforementioned lack of camp performances, as well as really earth shatteringly excellent acting jobs probably explain this), still her Gilda is iconic.
- A goddess, she was an absolute goddess and not a cunt. At least I can't think of a "Rita Hayworth was such a cunt" story that I've ever heard.
I did hear that some big shot "kept" her in an apartment, pimping her out to his friends and business associates. Howard Hughes maybe?
- Did the hairline electrolysis trigger her later alzheimer's disease?
- She is considered to be one of thee most beautiful women in history along with Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.
Fred Astaire said she was thee best dancer that he ever worked with. He said she was extremely professional and just a dream of a person.
Here is the thing that leaves a big question mark in my mind about the story of her father molesting her. Rita and her father danced in a Spanish dance with the Spanish attire. Rita's daughter said her mother placed her castanets that she used in her dance routine with her father by her bedside every night because they were extremely dear to her.So, if Rita's father molested her, why would she keep some remnant by her bedside of the days when her father was molesting her? Something doesn't add up?
BTW, Her father was Spanish and her mother was Irish American. When reporters said to her, so you are Mexican? She snapped at them and said, I'm Spanish NOT Mexican. She was annoyed because people would lump Spain which is the Mediterranean with Mexico and South America.
Also, Rita was the happiest when she wore a tee shirt and jeans. She was not into the glamor very much and she was very down to earth.
- As most fans of Rita know , of all her films she likes ''You Were Never Lovelier'' the most.
It is Rita's favourite film of her own.
Personally, i loved seeing Rita in dramatic roles because i think she had a flair for drama.
I appreciate her a lot in the films '' Separate Tables'', '' The Lady from Shanghai'',''Miss Sadie Thompson'', ''Fire Down Below'', ''They Came to Cordura'', ''Affair in Trinidad''.
I found it very sad and strange that her grandson commited suicide because his mother Yasmin Khan was very affectionate and caring with Rita. I bet she was the same with her child, what made him do that? I mean ok, even pampered children may have big emotional problems, but they don't commit suicide when they have all the attention and love from their parents. Maybe his father was a jerk and poisoned his heart, who knows...
- *she liked
I read that Rita Hayworth once confessed that she got the best head ever—not from a man— but from Marlene Dietrich. When Marlene wanted Rita to return the favor, Rita told her, “Mañana.” Tomorrow never came.
Do you think that is true? Any thoughts? Lol.
- Rita, Orson and Marlene.
God, Marlene could be so provocative! Lol.
- Some of the clothes back then seem like what women wear today. In R28's link, that is a good example. I think Rita's hair and pant suit looks like you might see a woman wear today. Also, Marlene's outfit and Orson's uncombed hair you would find on guys now a days. James Dean of course is the ultimate guy that looks like he would fit in with today's look. He didn't conform with society with his whole appearance. I think Orson was very much like that too because Orson was more intellectually focused. The both had that uncombed hair look which made those two and some others back then look sexy.
- R29, yes Orson was actually charming when he was young. However, he should be more of the man he was and stand by Rita. Unfortunately, he was too selfish and a womanizer. Great director though...and Rita stated that the first years she was married to Orson were the most happy of her life
- Oh! I forgot to mention this! I'm sure most people know this on this thread already, but someone told me Orson built a fantastic home fro Rita in Big Sur and its now a restaurant. I was told the restaurant and the view is fantastic!
- I didn't know that. Well Rita deserved it anyway.
According to you guys, which was the best Rita Hayworth musical?
- R33, I think it's a tie between You Were Never Lovelier and Cover Girl. Neither have great stories, but they're fun, especially Lovelier. But great songs, some beautiful dance numbers and Rita looked amazing. Astaire was Rita's partner in Lovelier, and Kelly was Rita's partner in Cover Girl. Cover Girl also has Eve Arden doing her thing. Both are fine escapist Hollywood musicals of the 40s.
I think Rita was at her sweetest in ''Cover Girl''.
During the middle of shooting Rita eloped with Orson Welles. Coincidentally the film's wedding scene was shot that day.
Rita with her daughter Yasmin Khan
- R22, Hayworth was never "kept" by Howard Hughes. Her first husband, Edward Judson, was a shady older man from Texas she married when she was 18 and still unknown. He married her because he saw potential to turn her into a star. He did try to pimp her out to Harry Cohn, but she refused to sleep with Cohn.
And Hayworth never had a feud with anyone on the set. The closest thing she had to a feud was with Janet Blair on Tonight and Every Night, and Blair was the one being the cunt. According to choreographer Jack Cole, Hayworth and Blair had a musical number in which they performed in long men's underwear and Blair decided she was going to upstage Hayworth. She failed miserably, but she did annoy Hayworth and Cole had to call cut after one take because he was afraid Hayworth was going to give Blair a well deserved slap for her antics.
- This is probably the most over the top production number Rita was involved with...the title number in Cover Girl. A big production number involving top magazine models of the day and Rita running down a long ramp to dance with a bunch of gay chorus boys. I love it.
- In Frank Langella's book, he has a chapter where he talks about playing her son in a film with Robert Mitchum. They were making fun of her because she couldn't remember her lines (early Alzheimers).
"When dinner is over we walk through the chilly dirty streets and she gathers her black-fringed shawl close around her shoulders, slips her arm into mine, and forgets my name. "Oh yeah, yeah, Frank," she says. "You'll be Frankie. I love Frankie. Not Sinatra. The guy was never on time." We pass an open-air market and she insists we buy fruit and cheese to keep in our rooms. "Just to have, you know, for the ghosts."
As he walked her to her door, she said, "Do me a favor, baby; don't ever call me Mother."
Shards of her ramblings stay with me, Langella says. On her husbands:
"He found me when I was a kid. Brought me to L.A. What the hell did I know? I went along."
Of another she says, "Oh he beat me so bad. Then he skipped. I had to sign with Cohn for another seven to pay off the debts."
On Orson Welles: "He tried to help me to be a great actress, but he always needed money."
And Prince Aly Khan: " I didn't want to live nowhere where they kiss the hem of your skirt. I mean, what is that, for Chrissakes? Two guys laying on top of each other outside my bedroom door so I couldn't get out. I didn't want to be no fuckin' princess anyway. So I went to the old man. He liked me and I said to him, "Just give me my kid and let me out of here. I don't want anything."
"Geez, they were always around. Husbands, boyfriends, lawyers, managers, press agents -- the bosses. Where the fuck did they all go?" Her voice is tinny and high, almost childlike; until she picks up the telephone and says in movie-star timbre: "This is Miss Hayworth. Would you please send up another bottle of bourbon."
- Those comments make me sad. What a life.
Rita's happiest days were with Orson Welles according to her own words. Guys, do you happen to know who was the greatest passion of Rita?
- More from Langella:
"On set, Rita continues to be a nightmare for everyone. There is not a shred of temperment, not a demand, not so much as a hint of cruelty. Rather it is like watching a schoolgirl desperately trying to learn her timetables and unable to get past the twos. Very little sympathy is shown for her. It is assumed she is a drunk and is boozing in her trailer. No one, including Mitchum, reaches out to help her. So little was known then of her disease that even I regarded the panic and terror in her eyes as the neurotic insecurity of a fading star."
Langella goes to see her after the film is done.
"Her house is somewhere up behind the Beverly Hills Hotel and she greets me at the door, again in a long white caftan. As usual, free of makeup, hair unkempt, happy to see me. Clasping my hand in hers, she says, "You're the first. Come on, I'll show you around." We go from room to room and through the windows she points to property she used to own. "They sold it off," she says, "husbands or agents -- I can't remember." On the walls, where paintings once hung, only faded patches remain, hooks still in place. "That one's on loan," she lies. "That one's out being cleaned." It is a barren empty shell of a house, sparsely furnished and lit, with only one picture left on the wall of her living room. It is over the fireplace, a gigantic black-and-white charcoal drawing of her in the glory days. As we enter her messy and cluttered bedroom she closes the door, comes into my arms, and kisses me. "Stay with me tonight, baby. I need a man to be with me."
- Kim Novak spoke fondly of working with Rita Hayworth:
''I knew Rita Hayworth only enough to know that she was just a tender, sensitive, beautiful human being. A lovely person. Very gentle. She would never stand up for her rights''
Claudia Cardinale also spoke tenderly about Rita and she remembers her to be sad while during ''Circus World''.
Below there is a photo of Rita from ''Miss Sadie Thompson''. She was very moving in it.
Rita seemed so gentle and breezy. I feel sad that she had to go through her terrible illness.
I hope she is happy now and i hope we'll get happy soon (and not necessarily by dying).
- I give more than 100 votes for Rita. Why not?
She earned them! Viva Rita!
- As one of the three greatest Hollywood beauties of all time (with Liz and Ava) why isn't Rita a bigger gay icon? Certainly her life was tragic enough.
She didn't have a big personality.
- Like Alice Faye at 20th Century Fox, Rita at the far more 2nd rate Columbia, just didn't have the studio support that musical stars at MGM had. They'd both be far better remembered today had they been under contract at MGM.
In the 1930s and 40s their musicals were produced relatively cheaply and without the expertise and class of MGM. Nevetheless, as a testament to their talents and charisma, Rita and Alice at their prime were bigger than any of MGM's musical stars, including even Judy Garland.
The Alice Faye Troll, chiming in
Rita had personality. Her mistakes imply that she was a person passionate and such persons usually have a personality and hunger for love.
She was not bitchy at all, at least not bitchy to women. I have never seen anything bad written from women who knew Rita. She tried to give her best to men but they always ended up abusing her and taking advantage of her.
- * she was a passionate person
- Well Gilda will always be Rita's iconic role. But along with Put the Blame on Mame, she had one other iconic scene--the Hall of Mirrors in The Lady From Shanghai. Rita looked great as a blonde as well.
Rita's dog seemed to adore her. Who wouldn't?
- I read several bios of her and the only "sad" part is that 95% of her problems were brought on by herself.
As Saffie said about Eddie "You live from one self induced crisis to the next."
- Yes R53. Giving herself Alzheimer's at such a young age.
Serves the bitch right.
- I'm not sure if Rita was quite in Ava's and Liz's league in beauty. Just one small step below them, if you ask me.
- Liz at her full beauty was somewhat short lived due to her alcohol and prescription pill abuse. After Richard Burton, I think her looks went downhill. The bloat and weight didn't help. Rita's beauty didn't seem to change.
- Yes, it did. She looked in her forties in Pal Joey.
- What's up with the writer at the OP:
"Astaire, ever the exacting secret asshole"
Bad writing. Very bad.
- Supposedly Rita had a confusion about sexuality. If a guy she knew expressed sadness or depression of any kind, she would have sex with him thinking that was the way to comfort a man.One example, David Niven had a party at his house,and an array of movie stars attended he and his new bride's party. They all decided to play hide and go seek and David Niven's wife ran to the basement slipping on the stairs tumbling down to her death. Everyone was shocked and devastated. David Niven went into deep depression and he was in total shock. Rita was a friend of David's and she had sex with him thinking that would comfort him.
I'm sure there were a lot of men who took advantage of Rita using this routine to get Rita to have sex with them. She was used because she was a victim of her confused state of mind and a victim of the many males who were sleaze balls.
- Presumably, starting with her father.
- I'd never heard of David Niven's wife's death. Tragic and awful.
[quote]Primula Rollo Niven's sudden death, at the age of only 28, was one of the most astonishing freak accidents in the annals of entertainment. While playing Hide and Seek at a party at Tyrone Power's house, she opened a door to step into what she took to be a closet. It was actually a steep set of stairs leading into Power's basement and she was severely injured in the resultant fall, dying the next day. Upon hearing of her death, the Nivens' old friend, Peter Ustinov, remarked that, "dying while finding a place to play Hide and Go Seek is such an asinine way to go that it almost makes one angry with fate". Niven was deeply stunned by her death, their younger son, Jamie Niven, having been born only a few months earlier, and it was said that he could never mention her in later years without breaking down.
- "Rita's beauty didn't seem to change."
I disagree, I think she didn't age well at all. She turned 30 in 1948, and by the early fifties her face was lined and her unique beauty was fading. I don't know if it was the smoking, drinking, and tanning, or the stress of multiple nasty divorces and the incest in her past. Soul-deep unhappiness is so bad for the skin.
And BTW did you know her famous red hair looked shocking pink in real life? She was a natural brunette, and in order to get her hair to photograph as that brilliant auburn, the studio hairdressers used a dye that looked freaky in person. Well, whatever worked, her hair looked fabulous onscreen, and the styles she used were so flattering that a woman could look good in them today.
- '' read several bios of her and the only "sad" part is that 95% of her problems were brought on by herself''
R53 what do you mean by that? Rita was a victim of her illness and of men's lust.
Put the blame on...men Rita, put the blame on them...
- R65 you didn't offer anything with your redundant comment. I wonder why you bothered to write that?
- Rita's hair was so much apart of what made her beauty. She was in a way the pre-cursor to Farrah and Aniston. Yes Veronica Lake's hairSTYLE was famous but that was more of a novelty than anything else, and she wasn't the beauty that Rita was.
- Has there ever been a Rita Hayworth biopic?
- R68 yes. I haven't seen it though. If i find it somewhere available i will.
- Oh that one film with Linda Carter is meh!
- Here's an interview from 1970. She looks her age, 51, but she's still an elegant and charming woman. Her eyes are mesmerizing.
- Rita's Alzheimer's started very early. She began having memory lapses and periods of confusion when she was only in her early 40's.
- She may look 51 but she was gorgeous even then.
If she had anything done to her face surgery-wise, it was subtle and tasteful and she still looks like Rita Hayworth.
Why can't women follow that example now?
In this photo Rita looks exactly like Laura Elena Harring. Mulholland Dr. is one of my favourite movies. I absolutely love it, i'm in awe of it.
- Awe R74, great photo of Rita. I just love her.
- I don't see the resemblance between Rita and Haring. But she knocked me out when I saw that movie (also one of my faves). Haring was one of the most beautiful people I've seen on screen in that a long time. David Lynch must've been in love with her. She was perfectly lit and beautifully shot for the entire film.
- Films like Mulholland Dr. can't be touched by time. Most of the films can, but not this one.
I wish they could be more films like this, which can leave you breathless and thinking and dreaming and feeling..
- Rita's eyes were erotic and sad. Warm eyes.
Post for Rita Hayworth silly people!
Rita even when you grew older you had that look on your face that made you WANTED.
- I do see Rita in Lynda Carter.
Please Don't Kiss Me from 'The Lady from Shanghai'
Performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Anita Ellis)
Although Rita is dubbed for this song her expressions are so genuine while she is singing it.
- For lovely Rita
- It's raining...Rita!
- Childish but tender Rita.
Even if she changed some things on herself she didn't lose her natural beauty.
She looked so natural!
- R82, thanks a million! I watched that documentary and it is very good! If anyone hasn't watched it yet, do so because its great. However, they didn't mention of Rita was molested by her father of not.
- R86, you welcome!
When it comes to Rita's father, well...it was a subtle subject, maybe that's why it went deliberately unnoticed. Orson Welles supports that Rita had told him she was molested by her father, however i haven't read anything else that proves that. There are only rumors. On the other hand, why Orson should lie? I don't know...
- If that was her hairline after electrolysis and bleaching, what must it have looked like before??
- Teresa i hope you like exquisite Rita
- I've seen "Gilda" more times than I can count and enjoy it because it's so bizarre, but I've never gotten what the big deal is about the "Put the Blame on Mame" striptease is.
- Rita and her third husband Prince Aly Khan.
Yes, he was a prick.
- R90, i thought i was going to be R90 but you caught me! Good for you.
Guys post for RITA!
- Well, for it's time that 'striptease' was big deal R90.
I liked this movie too, but i think that Rita should not be remembered exclusively for this film. She gave not a few sensational and dramatic performances. Actually i think that Rita Hayworth was underrated as an actress.
The photo below is from the movie
'They Came to Cordura',(Gary Cooper with Rita)
- R90, it wasn't just the strip tease that was the big deal at the time ,but what she was singing about was filled with very strong innuendo.
- Rita in an older age. She still has her beauty and her unique sex appeal.
- Sweet, gorgeous Rita
- Put the blame on...
- You want to share a cup of coffee with Rita?
See her movies and then maybe you'll have that cup of coffee thinking of her or talking over her
- Has anyone mentioned the child (daughter, IIRC) she had with Welles who was shipped of to live in obscurity? There's some doc which features a grandson who is autistic and some transexual who is also related somehow.
- God R99! Lol.
Is that all you wanted to say about Rita?
That was your comment?
Anyway, that was better than nothing.
- I await the amazing Steve Hayes to comment.
- Rita Hayworth looked gorgeous even as an older woman. I don't know why 50 year old women are expected to look like 20 year old babes, that's a ridiculous expectation.
- Rita, Rita, Rita! An unforgettable image is that of Miss Hayworth as Gilda but Gilda remained unforgettable because of Rita.
- Rita in an older age with actress Gloria DeHaven
- Rita Hayworth Prince Aly Khan Sign Register Vallauris Press Photo
- Rita in an older age with her daughter Princess Yasmin and with Eartha Kitt!
- Rita with her daughter Rebecca Welles
- Rita with both her daughters and her fourth husband Dick Haymes
- Mom Rita gives her little daughter a hug.
- Rita fell in love with Dick Haymes, however it was at her expense
- A bumpy road was her love life
- Rita's illness undermined her but she managed to give a number of great performances and to leave her mark in the silver screen
- Rita Hayworth was celestial. She was so divine in musicals and so beautiful and fragile in dramas.
- Not a common beauty. She had her style and class.
- Men adored her and women loved her. She was not a bitch.
- Yes, guys, Rita was sweetly GLORIOUS!
In the photo below she is dancing with Stephen Crane, one of Lana Turner's husbands!
- Sexy Rita
- Here is a 1976 photo of Rita with Glenn Ford.
Even in an older age Rita was special. I love the beauty of her tired eyes in this photo.
- Rita Hayworth's profile
- Rita with Orson Welles and Errol Flynn!
- The 'siren' look
- She looks sad in this photo although she was on vacation with Dick Haynes
- Inscrutable Rita...
- Did the hairline electrolysis trigger her Alzheimers?
- Whatever became of Rebecca Welles? Must be a tough legacy to live up to when Orson Welles is your father and Rita Hayworth is your mother.
- R124 fuck you very much! Cruel idiot.
- R125, here is a link that says a few things about Rebecca Welles.
- R125 you might be interested in this link too
- What's your problem, r126? Sheesh!
- Rita Hayworth with her third husband asshole Prince Aly Khan
- Rita again with the same asshole
- Gracegul Rita and Aly Khan wed in Village Hall
- One of my favourite Rita Hayworth movies, maybe my favourite of hers is 'Separate Tables'.
Legendary Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, David Niven and Wendy Hiller star in this unique movie.
- Sexy Rita Hayworth with notorious Orson Welles
- They were a couple once upon a time...
- Actually they were very happy when they were close once upon a time...
- Something is breaking...
- Orson was a bloated fool that distanced himself from Rita.
- Why Orson? Fool!
- It's "Gave good face" r16
- Hehehehe R141! What a cutie you are.
- Rita doesn't live here anymore. Here, there, whatever...
- I think men should love Rita better
- 'You Were Never Lovelier'
- She inspired many many many people with her beauty
- She also inspired Orson Welles, that's why he married her.
- Rita shining alongside George Macready for 'Gilda'
- Awesome photos of Rita. Bravo guys.
Below there is Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford playing cards on what I’m feeling pretty sure is the set of Gilda.
- Neverending image of Rita
- Rita Hayworth gets ready for her next scene, 1940s.
- Rita Hayworth having her hair cut off
- Photo freak: GO HOME!
- Omg! How come and nobody have made yet a thread about Orson Welles?
This is crazy!
- I bumped into this Rita Hayworth Sway Dancing a while ago. I love it! Have you ever seen it Rita Hayworth appreciators?
By the way, nice picture you posted here about Rita. Gorgeous woman!
keep posting them, i love them!
- R156, personally i haven't seen that video. Cool! Beautiful song, Rosemary Clooney sang it beautifully as well, and Rita is exquisite!
- That photo of her smiling is devestatingly beautiful. Her whole face changes.
A lovely image of Rita Hayworth, leaning on her elbow.
- Rita Hayworth in 1949 around the time she married Prince Aly Khan.
- R160, i know what you mean...:)
Rita Hayworth in 1949 around the time she married Prince Aly Khan (another take of it)
- Rita was the most gorgeous, gracious woman to come out of Hollywood...perhaps second only to Ava Gardner. Overrated Liz Taylor is not even in competition. The minute she opened her mouth, obnoxious came out.
- She's on right now -- the Loves of Carmen -- on TCM!
- I love Rita, i certainly love Elizabeth and i even love quick-tempered Ava. Beautiful and talented women all of them. Classic beauties.
- Enough with the photos and links!!!!
- Can someone tell me why the hell it's so difficult to find 'If This Was Happiness: A Biography of Rita Hayworth' by Barbara Leaming?
Shame on Amazon.com!
You must bring this product anew!
- Was plastic surgery a common thing I know a lot of stars from the 30's and 40's had their teeth capped but breast implants, rhinoplasties? Rita Hayworth's nose is completely different from Rita Cansino's broader nose in OP's link.
- * looking at R168...
- Someone put her fire out...
- Rita Hayworth and Robert Scott (later known as Marc Roberts) in ''Gilda'' 1946
- Rita and Ava are my two favorites from that era. Both were very sensuous and beautiful.
- I wish Orson Welles had made more than a movie with Rita. What a pity he didn't.