“A girl is…well, a girl. It’s nice to be told you’re successful at it.” – Rita Hayworth
Quote source: Rita Hayworth: A Photographic Retrospective by Caren Roberts-Frenzel.
Girls Can Play (1937). With Jacqueline Wells, Charles Quigley and George McKay.
“I had to be sold to the public just like a breakfast cereal or a real estate development or something new in ladies’ wear.” — Rita Hayworth
Source: James Reid (1941)
Photographer: Whitey Schaeffer (1941)
A larger-than-life firework on the beach–and I’m not just talking about Rita Hayworth.
“I think all women have a certain elegance about them which is destroyed when they take off their clothes.” — Rita Hayworth
Photo: George Hurrell (1941)
“Rita Hayworth Visits on Bivouac.”Artist: George Samerjan (1915-2005). Egg tempura on Bristol board. 10″ x 15.” Samerjan wrote about a surprise visit while he was stationed at Camp Berkeley, Texas, in 1942:
“We were training and living in the field with none of the amenities of the base and missing the loving memories of home. Then, out of nowhere, stepped Rita Hayworth – the most famous pin-up of all time! In an instant, we felt as though ‘home’ had come to us and we were not forgotten.”
“Apparently, the way to a girl’s heart is to saw her in half.” – Victor Mature, after she dumped him for Orson Welles. Hayworth and Welles [pictured, here, in 1943] had been working together on a charity magic act at the time.
“I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.” – Rita Hayworth
“Rita Hayworth. She was Columbia Pictures. Nobody as beautiful, as famous as she. Cohn made her a star and she made Columbia a star.” — Fabiano Canosa, movie producer, in 1983
Photo: Gilda (1946)
“I never made nude movies. I didn’t have to do that. I danced. I was provocative, I guess, in some things. But I was not completely exposed.” — Rita Hayworth
Image: Gilda (1946)
Artist: Bob Hickey. Pastel, 15 x 11 ¾ inches.
“I haven’t had everything from life. I’ve had too much.” — Rita Hayworth
“No one can be Gilda 24 hours a day.” — Rita Hayworth
“We are all tied to our destiny and there is no way we can liberate ourselves.” — Rita Hayworth
“Let me tell you something. I never resented the image. But for a long time it worried me. I used to think, is this all I’m ever going to be?” — Rita Hayworth
Source: Peter Evans (1963)
Photo: Ned Scott (1947)
“See, Orson was trying something new with me, but Harry Cohn wanted The Image – The Image he was gonna make me till I was 90! ‘The Lady From Shanghai was a very good picture. So what does Harry Cohn say when he sees it? ‘He’s ruined you – he cut your hair off!'” — Rita Hayworth
“I had reached the end of my capacity to feel such total failure with her. I had done everything I could think of and I didn’t seem to be able to bring her anything but agony.” – Orson Welles explaining his decision to give up on his marriage to Hayworth. Of course, she also had her reasons for giving up on him, too.
Photo: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
“Sometimes when I find myself getting impatient, I just remember the times I cried my eyes out because nobody wanted to take my picture at the Trocadero.” – Rita Hayworth
Kirk Douglas and Rita Hayworth dancing at Ciro’s (8433 Sunset Blvd.), c. 1952.
“I can tell you my non-favorites, honey. Certainly ‘Salome’ and her stupid seven veils! Or those ‘happy remakes’ I hadda do like ‘Sadie Thompson.’ Oh boy!” — Rita Hayworth