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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Rita Hayworth on the cover of Picturegoer magazine, 1946

Circa 1940.

Leisure glamour, circa 1940.

With Errol Flynn (that coat! That hat!).

With Fred Astair in "You'll Never Get Rich," 1941.

As an "irresistable socialite" in "Blood and Sand," 1941.

Ringing in the new year with special suitcases and writer Quentin Crisp, down the stairs.

In flamenco garb.

Looking debonair in a cloak.

"Rita Hayworth Wearing a Hat In A Heart Shape"

Rehearsing on a rooftop with Fred Astaire for "You Were Never Lovelier"

Dancing on a giant piano in the film "Cover Girl," 1944.

Publicity for the film "Gilda," 1946.

Spotlight shine so bright / gonna need a bigger sun hat

Epitome of a star: Rita Hayworth arrives at London's Heathrow airport in 1956. For more stories of women in Hollywood, watch MAKERS' documentary online.