Dubbed “the Great American Love Goddess” by Life magazine, Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino in New York City in 1918. In 1935, she got her break in film when she was hired as a dancer in “Dante’s Inferno.” After altering her name and starring in “You’ll Never Get Rich” with Fred Astaire, Hayworth achieved fame and fortune. Over the next decade, she reigned as the undisputed sex goddess of Hollywood films and, according to the New York Time, “became famous around the world as an American serviceman’s pinup.” The hottest star at Columbia pictures, her movies “Cover Girl” (1944) and “Gilda” (1946) set all-time box-office records. After suffering from Alzheimer’s for many years, Hayworth passed away in May, 1987.
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Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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