Rita Hayworth in Gilda
I think that Rita Hayworth was the most gorgeous actress of the 1940's - and there were a lot of beautiful actresses then. This is a promo shot for Gilda. She had the most gorgeous red hair but black and white films didn't show that.
She was born Margarita Carmen Cansino, to a Spanish father (a dancer) and an Irish/English mother (a Ziegfeld girl), in Brooklyn NY.
She was "discovered" when she was dancing with her father ("The Dancing Cansinos") in Tiajuana Mexico. Although she made some movies in the mid to late 1930's, it wasn't until the 1940's that she became a major star.
She is rumored to have been an alcoholic for much of her life but it was Alzheimer's that ravaged her in her last years.
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