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December 22, 2020

40 Glamorous Portrait Photos of Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn in the 1940s and ’50s

People talk a lot about the way that Rita Hayworth looked. She was the Hollywood “love goddess,” with a sensational figure, a dazzling smile, and hair that fell in long, auburn waves. The pinup so iconic that her posters were used as avatars of escapist fantasy in Bicycle Thieves (1948), and as a cover-up for a more literal escape in Stephen King’s jailbreak novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn


The bombshell so voluptuous they pasted her image onto an actual atom bomb. What people don’t talk about enough is what she did on-screen, in front of the camera, to create that effect. That’s partly because we have been told that Rita Hayworth was a fabrication, made by other hands.

Those hands belonged to the father who made her his dance partner when she was still a schoolgirl; the Svengali-like first husband, Eddie Judson, who pushed her into the movies; and to Harry Cohn, who ruled over her career, her image, and more at Columbia. Perhaps also to Orson Welles, her second husband and one-time director, or to Fred Astaire, who said she was his best dance partner in the movies.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Rita Hayworth through Robert Coburn’s lens in the 1940s and 1950s.

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Affair in Trinidad, 1952

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Affair in Trinidad, 1952

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from Gilda, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from The Lady from Shanghai, 1947

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn, 1952

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from Cover Girl by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from My Gal Sal by Robert Coburn, 1942

Rita Hayworth from Salome by Robert Coburn, 1953

Rita Hayworth from The Loves of Carmen by Robert Coburn, 1948

Rita Hayworth from Tonight and Every Night by Robert Coburn, 1940




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