Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Remembering Rita Hayworth

I was clicking through New York Magazine's website when I came across their Party Line section. Last week was the Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Gala to fundraise for Alzheimer's research and support. Stars like Brooke Shields, The Pointer Sisters, and Regis Philbin were there. You can see the photos from the event here

The celebrities at events like this always answer questions for the Party Line column, but it struck me as odd that none of the questions had anything to do with Rita Hayworth. She's one of my favorite Old Hollywood actresses, and she unfortunately died of Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter started holding the benefit galas in 1985 and has since raised something like $53 million. I read a lot about Hayworth when I was working on this long, intense paper about 'Gilda' and everyone that knew her talked about how sad and lost she seemed toward the end of her life. I like to remember her when she was young and beautiful. A few photos from the LIFE Magazine archive:

By the pool in 1945

A dress she wore in 'Gilda'. Columbia Pictures spent $60,000 on her wardrobe. This little number cost $750 [I'd hate to do the math to think what that'd cost today]. I really only remember this dress from one scene.

Dancing with Fred Astaire

LIFE Magazine is holding out on us; I don't see the photo of Rita Hayworth that was used to decorate the first bomb [yes, the bomb] detonated during peacetime, giving rise to the term "bombshell". But enjoy. She looked great.
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  1. Oh, I didn't know she had Alzheimer's. That's so sad. I think that's one of the worst things that can happen to someone.
    -Andi x

  2. What a beautiful woman Rita was.


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