Celebrating Rita Hayworth

Women in America don’t look like this anymore.

They dont act feminine for the most part-no not all, but many. It’s sad.  It really IS because of Hollywood.

Rita Hayworth.. was the epitome of femininity. My favorite movie starring Rita was Cover Girl. 

Rita was the top pin-up of WW2. Of course she was.. She was beautiful, classy and ladylike. The WW2 generation was the best of people America has ever seen.. Never to be seen again, sadly….

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Hayworth was one of the great legends of classic Hollywood known for her talented dancing and sexy roles. The film Blood and Sand and her pin-up poster in World War II catapulted her into legendary status. Her most famous femme fatale role was in the film noir classic Gilda. She drank too much, sadly.
Donna found this one… Lol:
“Dancing in Tijuana when I was 13–that was my ‘summer camp.’ How else do you think I could keep up with Fred Astaire when I was 19?”
-Rita Hayworth
“Whatever you write about me, don’t make it sad.”
-Rita Hayworth

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Rita Hayworth

  1. Yeah, a “lesbian” with how many husbands?

    Hayworth was married and divorced five times. She said, “Basically, I am a good, gentle person, but I am attracted to mean personalities.”[33]

    Edward Charles Judson (1937–1942): When Hayworth was 18, she married Edward Judson in 1937, an oilman turned promoter who was more than twice her age. They eloped 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 Judson compelled her to transfer considerable property to him and promise to pay him $12,000 under threats that he would do her “great bodily harm.”[34] She filed for divorce from him on February 24, 1942, with the 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 twice married.[35] When she left him, she literally had no money. She asked her friend, Hermes Pan, if she could eat at his home.

    Orson Welles (1943–1948): Hayworth married Orson Welles on September 7, 1943. None of her colleagues knew about the planned marriage (before a judge) until she announced it the day before they got married. For the civil ceremony, she wore a beige suit, 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 (1944–2004). 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.[36]

    Prince Aly Khan (1949–1953): In 1948 she 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 was Dior’s New Look.

    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. Her filly Double Rose won several races in France and notably finished second in the 1949 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.[37]

    In 1951, while still married to Hayworth, Khan was spotted dancing with the actress Joan Fontaine in the nightclub where he and his wife had met. Hayworth threatened to divorce him in Reno, Nevada. In early May she 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 that 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.”[38]

    Hayworth once said she might convert to Islam but did not. During the custody fight over their daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the Prince said he wanted her raised as a Muslim; Hayworth (who had been raised a Roman Catholic) wanted the child to be a Christian.[39]

    Hayworth rejected his offer of $1,000,000 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.

    “Nothing will make me give up Yasmin’s chance to live here in America among our precious freedoms and habits,” declared Hayworth. “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.”[40]

    Dick Haymes (1953–1955): When Hayworth and 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, as 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.[41] 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 prior, 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.[42] 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, US 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.[43]

    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 (1958–1961): 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. On September 1, 1961, Hayworth filed for divorce, alleging extreme mental cruelty. He later wrote Rita Hayworth: A Memoir, in which he suggested their marriage collapsed because he wanted Hayworth to continue making movies, while she wanted them both to retire from Hollywood.

    In his book, In the Arena, Charlton Heston writes 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 writes how the others sat stunned, witnesses to a “marital massacre” and, though he was “strongly tempted to slug him” (Hill), Heston 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.”[44]

  2. I’m pretty sure that MJ and DS have the same fiery spirit as Rita H. And no doubt other stellar qualities as well.

    The question on everyone’s lips, however, is “Can they dance?”

    “Don’t ask me.”

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  4. lancedeboyle, MJ is the singer and I am the dancer both professional. 🙂

  5. Hi Donna, I am so tired from this last wknd. Let the blog do its thing, I know you didnt have the best wk last wk either.
    At least our dear Incogman came and said hi 😀

    I am going to lay down, I am SO tired.

  6. Donna, IF I get into Vegas, you can come and help me get slimmer and choreograph me.

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