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.
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?