Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.
Born as Margarita Carmen Cansino an aspiring child dancer
With a talent that was all her own as she grew up and became a star
A product of parental abuse and manipulation to make her famous
Both wanted her to be a star in differing mediums
Followed her own path as she entered Hollywood with a dream
Forced to alter her appearance slightly to appear more marketable
Became known as "The Love Goddess" during the 1940s
Able to seduce men onscreen and off just by entering a room
Full of seductive charm and musical abilities that made her a joy to watch
Demonstrated a sense of ruthlessness in her characters sometimes
As her characters would often chew men up and spit them out
When they didn't serve a purpose to her anymore
When Ms. Hayworth entered the screen, many sat up and took notice
She offered two parts sex appeal and one part vulnerability
Softness, sweetness with just a touch of wickedness to get them guessing
Never knew which side you were going to get depending on the day
Off-camera she was vastly different from her most famous role of Gilda
A quiet and vulnerable creature who longed to be loved
Never accepted for anything beyond her big screen image
As the sexpot who loved adventurous romance
Her off-camera relationships always amounted to heartbreak and disappointment
Mistreated and used by some of her former husbands for their own gains
Orson Welles probably her best husband, but was too wild for marriage
Could never be tamed; despite her best efforts
Independent onscreen and rebelling against convention
Wanted to be taken care of and getting out of the spotlight in real life
Never being able to do so because her choice in husbands
Never amounted to any type of a stable homelife that allowed that option
Fed up with the image that studio created for her acting career
Wanted to shatter that stereotype, unable to do so due to contact obligations
Needed to make money to feed her family and maintain her lifestyle
Personal drama and ever changing trends in rising starlets left her career in neutral
Health problems left her image in tatters and forced her to pull back from spotlight
Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease that devastated her memories and her present
Left her a shell of her former glories and forced to focus on single moments
Not remembering what came before or after
Departed at the age of 68 as an icon and awareness for a complicated illness
Beloved in her film roles for being more than just an image.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 02, 2020:
Wow. I didnt know she passed on at such an early age.
This one tells her story.
It is written well.
What a life she lived.