Brooklynite Rita Hayworth was born 10/17/1918 in Brooklyn NY with the name Margarita Carmen Cansino. The dancer & film actress achieved fame during the 1940's as one of the era's top stars. She appeared in a total of 61 films in over 37 years. She is listed by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 Greatest Stars of All Time.
Rita Hayworth (Margarita Carmen Cansino) was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, NY, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913 Her mother, Volga, had been a Ziegfeld Follies girl. Rita died at the age of 68 from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease, which she was diagnosed with in 1980.