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.
Using his charming wile and debonair dance moves, Joey Evans (Frank Sinatra, in a Golden Globe-winning performance) beguiles vixen widow Vera Simpson (Rita Hayworth) into financing his nightclub. He's set up for success until good-natured chorus girl Linda English (Kim Novak) enters the picture and steals the show -- and his heart. The Rodgers and Hart musical features such memorable tunes as "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."