Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Hayworth became the biggest actress of the 1940s and beyond appearing in 61 films over a 37 year period. She was nicknamed “love goddess” by the press after she achieved the status of the most glamorous actress during the 1940s. Of course, she was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.
She is perhaps best known for her femme fetale performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda playing opposite Glenn Ford in her first dramatic role. In addition to her acting, Hayworth was also known for her dancing. She danced alongside both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire who called her his favorite dance partner. Her greatest dance success is the musical Cover Girl where she performed alongside Gene Kelly. Given these tremendous accomplishments, she is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute’s survey, AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars.