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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Leaming Narrator: Anna Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rita Hayworth was the epitome of 1940s Hollywood glamour. A huge box office star, her sultry figure was pasted by GIs onto the first atom bomb ever detonated. Yet behind the smoldering image lay a tragic secret that wrecked her private life. A pathologically shy child, Rita was thrust into the sordid limelight as her vaudevillian father’s dancing partner at an early age, suffering sexual and physical abuse at his hands. A desperate need for protection led her into five disastrous marriages, including those to Orson Welles and Prince Aly Khan. At the age of forty-two, Alzheimer's disease began to ravage her mind, cutting short her career at its peak.

This is a haunting and sympathetic tribute to a talented but insecure beauty who was created, and ultimately destroyed, by the movies.

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  • “Hayworth fans will learn much from this biography by the author of Orson Welles. The surprising story of the acutely shy Margarita Carmen Cansino, who was dubbed ‘the Love Goddess,’ contains more melodrama than most romance novels.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields simply aims to make herself disappear into this heartrending narrative, giving center stage to Leaming’s economical and insightful chronicling of a train wreck of a life. The reader paces the story with precision, giving emphasis where needed but taking care to avoid theatricality.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Allison | 7/21/2013

    " This was good, but I lost interest somewhere after her marriage to Orson Welles. It convinced me to never have anything to do with Hollywood. Then I moved to Hollywood shortly thereafter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jamie Nakasone | 12/30/2012

    " What a sad life. I think she could have been a great actress if she didn't have the trauma and lack of support. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kit Fox | 9/26/2012

    " Rita Hayworth will always be one of my favorite film goddesses, it's a shame she had such an effed up life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally | 5/19/2012

    " This one I think was a pretty decent biography, though as usual focused a lot on the trashier, tabloid types of gossip. "

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