Beautiful Sirens of the Silver Screen

Author: administrator  Date Posted:15 September 2013 

 I’ll admit that I don’t know a whole lot about beautiful, famous and influential Sirens of the past. I know of them and I know their names, but that’s about it. So over the next few weeks I’m going to dedicate a small post to the interesting life (and sometimes death) of these beauties. And hopefully if you’re ever looking for a Saturday night movie at home, I hope this inspires you!

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was considered one of the most glamorous actresses of all time. With her good looks and dainty appearance, she was also seen as a big fashion icon

  • Born: May 4th, 1929 in Belgium

  • Died: January 20th, 1993 of cancer

  • Audrey Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1988.

  • Mother was Baroness Ella van Heemstra – a Dutch aristocrat of Frisian ancestry.

  • Was 5 feet 6 ½ inches tall, was conscious of her feet, which were size 10.

  • Trained as a ballerina as a child and wanted to be a Prima Ballerina

  • She was a trained dental assistant before she was an actress.

  • Married Mel Ferrer in 1954 and divorced in 1967. One child, Sean

  • Married Andrea Dotti in 1969 and divorced in 1982. One child Luca

  • Had a series of miscarriages

  • Famous for: My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Check out the trailer for Breakfast at Tiffany’s: 


Rita Hayworth

This week’s Siren is the lovely Rita Hayworth. Rita’s story is quite tragic involving denial and erasure of her heritage, multiple marriages to abusive men, alcoholism and eventually Alzheimer's.
  • Born: Margarita Carmen Cansino
  • Date: 10/17/1918 – NY City
  • Died: 5/14/1987
  • Parents: Her father, Eduardo Cansino, Sr. Spain. Her mother, Volga Hayworth, was an American of Irish-English decent.
  • Cansino (Rita) had hair electrolysis, dyed her hair red and re-emerged as Rita Hayworth
  • Hayworth appeared in a total of 61 films over 37 years
  • Married an Arabian Prince
  • Husbands: Edward C. Judson (1937–1942), Orson Welles (1943–1948), Prince Aly Khan (1949–1953), Dick Haymes (1953–1955), James Hill (1958–1961)
  • Children: Rebecca Welles (1944–2004), Yasmin Aga Khan (b. December 28, 1949)
  • Hayworth became one of the most popular pin-ups for soldiers during World War II.

 Check out a scene from Gilda, one of the movies Rita starred in.:



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