[After painful electrolysis treatments and skin- bleaching], Carmen Cansino became Rita Hayworth. Her dark hair was dyed auburn. The transformation was complete.
Not five years before, the young immigrant’s daughter was dancing in smoky bars for coins. After her “honky-fication,” Columbia starred Hayworth in many successful movies. A picture of her kneeling on a bed in a nightgown sold 5 million copies. Her likeness was fashioned on the side of atomic bombs. Rita Hayworth found herself dancing with stars like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Eventually, she settled down and married a prince.