DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Rita Hayworth (aged 68)
American actress, dancer and director
Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars, appearing in a total of 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.
DEATH: Rita Hayworth lapsed into a semicoma in February 1987. She died at age 68 from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease three months later on May 14, 1987, at her home in Manhattan.
A funeral service was held on May 18, 1987, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.Pallbearers included actors Ricardo Montalbán, Glenn Ford, Cesar Romero, Anthony Franciosa, choreographer Hermes Pan, and a family friend, Phillip Luchenbill. She was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. Her headstone includes Yasmin’s sentiment: “To yesterday’s companionship and tomorrow’s reunion.”