Her friends affectionately called her "The Reet."
She was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Her uncle married Ginger Rogers’ aunt.
She used to live in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California (during her first marriage).
In the 1950s, she lived in a Spanish bungalow just off Santa Monica Blvd. at 512 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills, California (previously owned by Jean Harlow). The 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home has 4,426 square feet and was built in 1928. It’s a 2-storey house with 15 rooms. It was sold for $3,960,000 in 2008.
(Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio once lived very close at 508 N Palm Drive.)
On May 27, 1949, she married Prince Aly Khan. Many people forget that Rita, not Grace Kelly, was the first movie star to become a princess.
Although Rita did not like horses or thoroughbred horse racing, she became a member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Aly Khan and his family were heavily involved in horse racing and Hayworth’s filly Double Rose won several races in France and notably finished second in the 1949 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
She said she had $300,000 when she married Khan, who was supposedly loaded, but nothing when she divorced him. When her daughter took control over her estate in 1981 it was worth $250,000.
In 1962, when she was 42, her planned Broadway debut in Step on a Crack was cancelled for health reasons.
Some legends say the Margarita cocktail was named for her when she was dancing under her real name in a Tijuana, Mexico nightclub.
She is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna’s song "Vogue."
She was named #19 Actress, The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends.
Rita is mentioned in the White Stripes song ‘Take, Take, Take’, and is referenced in their song ‘White Moon’. She is discussed in the porridge episode Rough Justice.
Lynda Carter starred in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983), a television biographical film of her life.