Rita Hayworth, Gilda
The beautiful, multitalented, iconic, and perfectly wonderful in every way Rita Hayworth was born on this day in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1918. This incredible actress is one of the stars I CANNOT imagine old Hollywood without. She was so much more than just an uncommonly beautiful actress – she was incredibly talented. She could do drama, comedy, musicals, film-noir and make it look effortless.
Amazingly enough, she was also one of the best dancers ever to hit Hollywood. How wonderful was she? Guess who Fred Astaire named as his favorite dancing partner? That’s right… Rita Hayworth. If you’ve never seen You Were Never Lovelier, their wonderful musical from 1942, I hope you find it soon. It’s one of my favorite musicals of ALL TIME – it’s extraordinary, and so is Rita.
Happy Heavenly birthday to one of the reasons I love old Hollywood as much as I do. I promise to always do my part to keep your face and name alive and well!
You can find Gilda and You Were Never Lovelier on dvd (Amazon link – be sure to look at the different price options! They run from $12 to over $50… I’m going for the $12 one!). You can also watch Gilda on Prime Video.
Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, You Were Never Lovelier