Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Girl On The Atomic Bomb - Gilda

Turner Classics showed "Gilda" tonight. It must be the classic Rita Hayworth film that is most connected with her name. Set in a night club in Buenos Aires Johnny (Played by Glenn Ford) steals his bosses' wife away from him and the two have a deteriorating relationship. The movie was made for Humphrey Bogart but when he found out Rita Hayworth was going to play the female lead he turned it down because as he said no one would look at him playing opposite her. True very true. She does her famous hair tossing scene when she sings "Put The Blame On Mame" (actually sung by Anita Ellis.) Great acting, great scene when she does her breakdown and slaps Johnny.

Of interest, in the play and movie "West Side Story" Arthur Laurents, playwright, in his memoir said the role of Anita was written for and named for, jazz singer Anita Ellis. Of course the role ended up going to Chita Rivera because she was completely and utterly correctly as Anita.

Hayworth made a number of films with Glenn Ford. She was married and divorced five times.

Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda... and woke up with me.
Rita Hayworth

In the 1940's she was so popular and such a bombshell, the atomic scientists put the name "Gilda" on an Atomic bomb that was detonated during the July 1, 1946 “Able” test on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was reported at the time her picture was also on the bomb but this later proved false.

Hayworth's suffered from alcoholism which hid her Alzheimer's disease. In 1980 she was actually diagnosed as having Alzheimer's. She died May 14th 1987 from Alzheimer's disease and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

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