Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth

Shy and unassuming in real life, Rita Hayworth turned into the sultry siren the public knew when the cameras began rolling. Born Oct. 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she came from a famous family of Spanish dancers, and it was as part of their act ("The Dancing Cansinos") that she attracted Hollywood's attention.

Hayworth first made a splash in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and The Strawberry Blonde (1941). But she achieved true stardom after showing off her considerable dancing talent in a series of musicals, including You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and You Were Never Lovelier (both with Fred Astaire), and 1944's Cover Girl (opposite Gene Kelly).

The titian-haired beauty also gave notable performances in nonmusical films such as Gilda (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (with then-husband Orson Welles) and Pal Joey (1957). Hayworth died May 14, 1987, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Cover Girl

Cover Girl

1944 NR

Rita Hayworth vamps it up as Rusty Parker, a Brooklyn dancer longing to see her name in Broadway lights in this Academy Award-winning musical featuring the tunes of Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. Her dream of stardom finally comes true when she lands the cover of a magazine through a contest. On the way to the top, she nabs the attention of lots of rich and powerful men, but is her best friend, Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly), her true love?

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