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Rita Hayworth

Here is a lovely song ("Love Is A Woman") performed by the famous soundtrack singer Lydia MacDonald, chosen to enhance Rita Hayworth's divine beauty.
Lydia MacDonald is a popular vocalist, and was the preferred vocalist of composers Piero Piccioni, Luis Bacalov and Armando Trovajoli. Her style recalls the great Edda Dell'Orso.
Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, Rita Hayworth (1918 – 1987) was an American actress of Spanish and English descent who reached fame during the 1940's as one of the era's leading sex symbols. She was sometimes called "The Love Goddess" or "The Great American Love Goddess" and was celebrated as an expert dancer and great beauty. During World War II she ranked with Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner as the pinup girls most popular with servicemen. Hayworth's well-known films include the musicals that made her famous: "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) and "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942) (both with Fred Astaire, who wrote in his autobiography that Rita "danced with trained perfection and individuality"), "My Gal Sal" (1942) with Victor Mature, and her best known musical, "Cover Girl" (1944) with Gene Kelly. Although her singing voice was dubbed in her movies, Rita was one of Hollywood's best dancers, imbued with power, precision, tremendous enthusiasm and an unearthly grace. Her erotic appeal was most notable in "Gilda" (1946), a black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor. This role — in which Hayworth in black satin performed a legendary one-glove striptease — made her into a cultural icon as the ultimate femme fatale. Hayworth was the first dancer to partner both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on film - the others being Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera Ellen, and Leslie Caron. Her last musical, "Pal Joey", was with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak.
Enjoy Lydia's vocals and Rita's flaming beauty!

And here is an extract of the movie "Down to earth" (1947), showing Rita Hayworth's dancing artistry!

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