Photos of Rita Hayworth
These photos of Rita Hayworth were taken by Ned Scott while he served as a contract photographer at Columbia Studios. The Rita films he photographed include "Gilda", "Down to Earth", "Tonight and Every Night" and "Cover Girl", all in the mid-1940's. Many of his images graced the pages or covers of fan magazines, Life and other major periodicals. Today his images grace the covers of Rita Hayworth books and are featured in articles written about the actress.
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, Rita Hayworth was an American dancer, glamour girl, beauty icon, pin-up girl and film actress in the 1940s. She danced tap, Spanish routines, ballet and ballroom. Listed among the American Film Instituteís Greatest Stars of All Time, she has been in 61 films throughout her career.
Rita initially signed on with Columbia Pictures for small roles. Her first lead role was in the film Human Cargo. She starred in Cover Girl, one of her most popular films, with Gene Kelly in 1944 and Technicolor films Down to Earth and Tonight and Every Night where, pregnant she danced the samba. Also noteworthy was her femme fatale title role in Gilda where she did her iconic striptease. She was the first to dance with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in a movie. She cut and dyed her red hair blond in The Lady from Shanghai, causing the film to be unsuccessful. She starred in hits Salome, Miss Sadie Thompson and Affair in Trinidad from 1952 to 1953. She came back with Fire Down Below in 1957. Her scheduled debut in Broadway in 1962 was canceled due to her poor health. In 1972 she appeared in her last movie, The Wrath of God.
The Artists League of America dubbed Ritaís lips the best lips in the world in 1949.
Rita had been married and divorced five times. Alcoholism was something she fought with throughout her life. At 54, in poor physical and mental health, she made The Wrath of God even if she wanted to retire, for financial reasons. She suffered memory loss throughout filming. While filming Tales That Witness Madness in 1973, her health worsened so she dropped out of the movie. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Alzheimerís disease in 1980.
Rita went into a semi coma and died from Alzheimerís disease on May 14, 1987.
The Rita Hayworth Gala, hosted by Ritaís daughter, Yasmin Aga Khan, raises funds for the Alzheimer's Association. The fund raiser has garnered over US$42 million since 1985.
New photos of Rita Hayworth by Ned Scott will be added to the gallery as they are unearthed, we hope you enjoy those that are here.