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Rita Hayworth Was The Muse Terpsichore

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She was born Margarita Carmen Cansino but came to be known as Rita Hayworth, "The Love Goddess".  Most may remember her as a World War II pin-up girl in a sexy negligee or as the femme fatale, Gilda, or The Lady From Shanghai.  

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And while her body of work is primarily comprised of dramatic or comedic roles, I fondly remember her for the handful of musicals she made for Colombia Pictures: You'll Never Get Rich, You Were Never Lovelier, Cover Girl, Tonight and Every Night (there was also My Gal Sal for Fox) and Down To Earth, in which she stars as the Muse Terpsichore.  All these demonstrate why Fred Astaire replied when asked who his favorite dance partner was, it was Hayworth.  Ever the gentleman Fred was initially reluctant but finally broke down: "All right, I'll give you a name", he said. "But if you ever let it out, I'll swear I lied. It was Rita Hayworth."  Astaire commented that, "Rita danced with trained perfection and individuality".  As a the daughter of two dancers she was adept at ballroom, ballet, and tap.  Watch this clever compilation of routines from her musicals and I think you'll agree she deserves to be included with the the pantheon of the all-time greats we've been studying. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was hoping we'd hear more about Rita during the 1940's decade.  I love to watch her dance.  Hopefully we'll hear a lot about Cyd Charisse in the '50s decade!

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Thanks for this! I've always thought she was stunning and a wonderful dancer.  My only complaint about the compilation is against whoever thought scoring it to the BeeGees was a good idea. :rolleyes:  

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