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On This Day: Rita Hayworth, "The Epitome of Glamour," Was Born

Rita Hayworth (born today in 1919) was, in the 1940s, the epitome of American glamour and one of the most well-known celebrities in the world. She was a talented dancer and seductive actress. In 1948, she founded a production company and co-produced some of her most profitable films with Columbia Pictures. She starred opposite male stars like Cary Grant and Fred Astaire and (like any Hollywood houshold name) gained as much attention in gossip columns for her tumultuous personal life. She initiated divorce five times, and ran away with a prince at a time when women did not run away with unmarried men. The press had many field days.

If you want to know the full story of Rita Hayworth, you have to read Anne Helen Peterson's brilliant chronicle for The Hairpin. But to celebrate her birthday with some of her most glamorous looks, click through the gallery above!

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