Rita Hayworth, World War Two

Updated Mar 05, 2020
Kathy Pinna
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on Jan 31, 2012 3:48 PM
A photo of Rita Hayworth campaigning for the recycling of scrap metal in World War Two.

A large part of the home front war effort in World War Two was saving scrap metal that could be recycled into weapons for the war (also used for ships and aircraft). The caption on this photo from the National Archives says that Rita Hayworth "sacrificed her bumpers for the duration" (of the war). Rita Hayworth was a big movie star at the time and she also helped sell war bonds - her two younger brothers were both in the War. Most of Hollywood was involved in the war effort, either through promoting home front campaigns such as Victory Gardens, buying war bonds, rationing, or collecting scrap metal, or by service in the War overseas.

Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1918. She changed her name to Rita Hayworth for the stage and eventually was named one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time. Married and divorced 5 times (once to Orson Wells), her life was plagued with alcoholism. Later in life, she was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and died at the age of 68 in 1987.
Date & Place: in California USA


AncientFaces commented on Sep 26, 2017
The beautiful and glamorous Margarita Carmen Cansino, helping the war effort in 1942. Of course, she wasn't known by her birth name - do you know her stage name?
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