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Rita Hayworth’s Timeless Old Hollywood Style As Seen In 29 Stunning Photos

Rita Hayworth was the definition of Hollywood glamour.

The actress and dancer, born Margarita Carmen Cansino on Oct. 17, 1918, rose to fame during Hollywood’s golden age, starring in films like “Strawberry Blonde” (1941) and “Tales of Manhattan” (1942).

In the early days of her career, the actress ― whose mother was an American dancer and whose father was a Spanish-born performer ― was considered “too exotic” for mainstream roles, according to CR Fashion Book. At the recommendation of her first husband and manager Edward Judson, she began using Hayworth (her mother’s maiden name) as her last name. It was Judson, according to Biography.com, who also suggested Hayworth dye her naturally dark hair a lighter auburn brown.

The actress’ first role came in 1935, when she appeared in “Under the Pampas Moon,” but it wasn’t until 1939’s “Only Angels Have Wings” when Hayworth was officially on the radar. With her film career on the rise, Hayworth also became one of the country’s most famous pinups after a photo of her clad in lingerie was published in Life magazine in 1941; the publication later dubbed Hayworth “The Love Goddess.”

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Hayworth in a sheer-topped black and white nightgown kneeling on the satin sheets of her bed at home.

Hayworth is perhaps best known for her role in “Gilda,” a film in which she starred as one of cinema’s most famous femme fatale characters (with an enviable wardrobe, we might add). Throughout her decadeslong career, Hayworth appeared in over 60 films, with her last being 1972’s “The Wrath of God.” The actress died in 1987 at the age of 68 as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.

With every role, Hayworth exuded timeless glamour and beauty that continues to resonate today. In honor of what would have been the star’s 100th birthday, we’re looking back at some of her most iconic style moments. Check them out below:

Circa 1930s

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Hayworth, then known as Rita Cansino, shows off her jumprope skills in this publicity photo.

1935

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Hayworth poses on the edge of the pool.

Circa 1937

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A portrait of Hayworth from the 1930s.

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The actress seen in an undated photo.

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A portrait of Hayworth in a black dress.

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Hayworth eats a snack fresh from the oven in this undated photo.

Circa 1940s

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The actress poses by the pool sometime in the 1940s.

Circa 1940s

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The star poses in ski attire in this publicity shot from the 1940s.

1940

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Hayworth sits on a picnic blanket in this photo, which was published by Life magazine.

Circa 1940s

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The actress poses on a bicycle at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

Circa 1940s

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A photo of the Hollywood star wearing bright blue harem pants and a neon yellow top.

1941

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Hayworth is photographed leaning against her Lincoln Continental in 1941.

1941

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The actress eats a burger while having a picnic on the beach.

Circa 1942

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Hayworth appears in a photo taken on set of the 1942 movie “You Were Never Lovelier.”

1943

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Hayworth poses on a swing in a photo from around 1943.

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Rita Hayworth holds a red rose in this undated photo.

Circa 1945

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Hayworth wears a green and white dress in this photo from around 1945.

1945

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The star poses for a publicity still sometime around 1945.

Circa 1945-1946

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Hayworth poses against a blue wall with a lace fan.

1946

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Hayworth appears in a publicity still from the film “Gilda.”

Circa 1947

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A publicity still of the actress for the 1947 film “The Lady from Shanghai.”

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The actress photographed shopping in the West Indies.

1947

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Hayworth at a conference in London in 1947.

1947

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Hayworth stands in a hyacinth field in Holland.

Circa 1947

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A photo of Hayworth circa 1947.

1949

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Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan at their 1949 wedding.

1949

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Hayworth stands in front of the Ritz Hotel in London before heading to Ascot.

Circa 1949-1953

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An undated portrait of Rita Hayworth and former husband Prince Aly Khan.

Circa 1950s

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The actress sits atop a balcony railing in a pair of blue check shorts and matching blue top.

1950

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The actress poses on a yacht in Italy in 1950.

1951

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The actress in a 1951 photo.

1951

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Hayworth poses at The Acropolis of Athens in 1951.

1952

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Rita Hayworth and then-husband Prince Aly Khan walking outside.

1956

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A photo of Hayworth in London.

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An undated photo of Hayworth wearing strings of pearls.

1960

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Hayworth poses with tailor Emilio Federico Schubert in his atelier in Rome.

1964

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Hayworth takes a break while shooting “Circus World.”

Circa 1970

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A photo of Hayworth taken sometime in the 1970s.

1980

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The actress at an event in Los Angeles.

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