Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00151120211: RITA HAYWORTH

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Rare and fantastically display-worthy vintage 8x10-inch matte-finish sepia tone chest-up studio portrait, circa 1942, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen. In fine condition, with black photo mount remnants along three corner tips. After appearing, billed as Rita Cansino, in Under the Pampas Moon (1935), the horror flick Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Dante's Inferno (1935), Meet Nero Wolfe (1935), Rebellion (1936), and Old Louisiana (1937), the young actress and dancer was noticed by Columbia Pictures studio head Harry Cohn, who gave her a makeover and changed her surname to Hayworth.  She was thereafter the iconic embodiment of electrifying sexuality we all know and love, unforgettable in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) and You Were Never Lovelier (1942), opposite Fred Astaire; My Gal Sal (1942); Tales of Manhattan (1942); Cover Girl (1942); Gilda (1946); Down to Earth (1947); The Lady from Shanghai (1947); The Loves of Carmen (1948); Affair in Trinidad (1952); Salome (1953); Miss Sadie Thompson (1953); Pal Joey (1957); and Separate Tables (1958).  She died of Alzheimer's Disease in 1987, aged only 68.