Femme Fatale of the Week

Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cancino. A dancer from a long-line of dancers, she desperately wanted to escape the typecast of being a dancer, changed her name and transformed herself through make-up, hair dyes, and even electrolysis from a dark-haired latin beauty to a light-haired leading-lady bombshell of the highest order. She was married to Orson Welles, left him for an Arab Sheikh, and loved the drink and the hard-life a bit too much. Her most famous role hinged on one scene, in Gilda where a one-gloved strip teased blew a hole in cinemas all across the nation, but one that she would rarely escape from; a woman who was caught as a fly in amber by the image that others created for her.

Memorable Quote: Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda... and woke up with me.


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