: I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.
Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino) achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years.
The press coined the term "The Love Goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s.
She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.
Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role.
Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, once called her his favorite dance partner. Her greatest success was in the Technicolor musical Cover Girl, with Gene Kelly.
She is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute's survey, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars.