She Grew To Fame While She Battled Alcoholism And Debt
At the age of ten, Rita Hayworth’s family relocated from New York to California, where she began performing professionally. In the 1930s, she appeared in a number of dance films before pursuing more serious parts in the 1940s.
A challenging decade for her as she was plagued by personal difficulties throughout the 1950s. As she spiraled into drunkenness and financial woes, younger women came to prominence in her stead. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1987 after a long battle with the illness’s symptoms.