RITA HAYWORTH ~ Before Margarita Carmen Cansino~ Old Hollywood Stars: Before and After

Rita Hayworth

Before Margarita Carmen Cansino

Rita was born in Brooklyn with parents of Irish, English and Spanish descent. Columbia thought Hayworth’s image was too much of a Latin style, which caused Hayworth to be cast into stereotypical Hispanic roles. So she underwent electrolysis to broaden her forehead and accentuate her widow’s peak, dyed her brown hair red, and went on a diet. Some sources say she bleached her skin as well, but I’m not sure if this is true.


Naturally shy and reclusive, Hayworth was the antithesis of the characters she played. “I naturally am very shy,” she said, “and I suffer from an inferiority complex.” She once complained, “Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me.” (wikipedia)

via Old Hollywood Stars: Before and After.

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