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  • If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth
  • Barbara Leaming
  • English
  • 10 April 2017
  • 9780670819782

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If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth

Barbara Leaming ´ 2 Free read

Ease began to ravage her mind cutting short her career at its peak A haunting and sympathetic tribute to the talented but insecure beauty who was created and ultimately destroyed by the movies. In the 1970s there was a nostalgia boom for biographies of old movie stars but they tended to be cute or still toeing the defunct studios’ line Then in the 1980s there was a boom in salacious biographies of just about anyone In the late 1980s there was also a trend in which childhood physicalsexual abuse was exposed by adult survivors This biography combines all three of these trends with mixed results The author’s previous book was a biography of Orson Welles for which she had access to Welles and from whom she gained the knowledge that Rita Hayworth had admitted to him that her father had taken advantage of her sexually This bit of information is found in no one else’s account of Rita Hayworth’s early life and Orson Welles could be a fantabulist so I prefer to take this revelation with a grain of salt This author however makes it the keystone of her analysis of this star who is otherwise impossible to know From the documentaries and other books I’ve researched it does not appear that Hayworth had very many close friends Her five marriages were not particularly amenable to social networks despite the often social aspect of her lifestyle Much of Hayworth’s time away from the studios and in her marriages to Welles and Prince Aly Khan are related by her secretarycompanion who ultimately becomes one of her few female peers who can speak with any authority about Hayworth’s actions and motivations I assume that Hayworth’s divorces all included some kind of non disclosure clauses because none of her husbands had anything to say about her other than Welles toward the end sadly Khan died in a car crash in 1960 Nor does Hayworth appear to have maintained much of a relationship with her brother although the author attempts to cite an elliptical statement by the brother in an interview decades later as further proof that abuse had occurred in Rita’s youth though I feel the statement is so abstruse it could be open to any interpretation This is not to say that I do not believe it Everyone’s actions fit the profile Whenever Rita Hayworth seems to make a decision that most of us know is wrongheaded the author is able to frame it in the logic of an abuse victim This happens uite often from the start of her career and marriages up to the mid 50s when she stumbled into the worst marriage of all to Dick Haymes Whatever she does it’s because of her abuse – the author has her angle and she’s sticking to it But it does make as much sense as can be made from this lovely lady’s life Around the time of her 1957 comeback the blanks no longer have to be filled in with just that information We’ve known her long enough by then to be able to imbue her with other motivations such as her desire to uit acting and her dislike of Harry Cohn We also know how badly she wanted to have a ‘normal’ marriage with children and no career as was perpetuated at the time Sadly she sounds like she was pretty cool between marriages or in the early stages of dating but as soon as she thought someone might be marriage material she seems to have become a different person – one who is not compatible with the man who inspired this feeling The book spends time on fourth husband Dick Haymes than on Welles or Khan despite their being much famous married to Hayworth longer and fathers of her children Shit floats to the top I guess Everything that he does becomes so infinitely complicated that it reuires extensive explanation Just boarding a plane to Hawaii becomes a legal mess that goes on for years partly due to his reuest to be exempt from WWII service due to his Argentine citizenship Hayworth’s guilt over his visiting Hawaii and her defiance to the press got her married to this guy with whom she’d already grown disenchanted When it became somewhat clear that Harry Cohn had something to do with their legal troubles Hayworth became even entrenched in her marriage I don’t think that it was merely her past abuse that caused her to identify with her abuser she could just as easily have identified with Cohn At this stage in her life after having left a life of material comfort despite her social discomfort among Khan’s freeloading friends and gone back to work at a job she merely tolerated I feel that she had by her mid thirties developed some sense of confidence in herself Unfortunately having never been confident before she didn’t know exactly what to do with this feeling and it came out as defiance once Harry Cohn drew the battle lines And why didn’t Cohn ever learn He was always insecure about not having a stable of stars but the few he did have Jean Arthur then Hayworth and then Kim Novak always left the business uite decisively in reaction to how he treated them Sadly around the time that she stopped marrying and should have been able to make her own way in the world unencumbered she started to lose her grip on reality due to Alzheimer’s Rumor at the time was that it was her drinking and indeed alcohol may have exacerbated the disease but people close to her could see there was something else going on Choreographer Hermes Pan is one friend who gives a lot of information about Hayworth from 1957 onward and a little in the 1940s as well He bore witness to many social disasters brought on by her worsening Alzheimer’s It is sad that this hard working and congenial woman #19 on the AFI’s list of greatest female stars never got to have a life of her own During her childhood she had to dance with her father and then between each of her husbands she was owned by Harry Cohn and once she was done with all that she degenerated for 25 years “We all just felt real bad for her” is what a crew person said of her during one of her later movies She needed her driver to go no than 10 miles per hour lest she get frightened and she had other anxieties regarding movement through spaces such as traveling in an elevator or walking down stairs which are now known perceptual issues related to Alzheimer’s It is especially sad that someone who was known for professionalism before Dick Haymes at least became increasingly erratic She tried Broadway was going to replace Lauren Bacall in “Applause” but had to back out when she couldn’t remember her lines Ultimately she finally did take up painting which she had wanted to focus on whenever she dreamed of uitting the movies Her painting became a therapeutic activity which sometimes helped trigger her memories and herselfThe final passages of course go back to the abuse Well I guess that’s the author’s angle I much prefer the kinds of star biographies that are written today by actual film historians who happen to be enthusiastic about their subjects like Donald Bogle’s biography of Dorothy Dandridge I wish I could have gotten information about the films of Rita Hayworth many of which get only a cursory mention

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A beautiful actress a gifted dancer a fiery screen temptress linked to some of the most handsome men of her generation Rita Hayworth seemed to live the life that dreams are made of But the rea. Poor Rita Hayworth just couldn't catch a break From the age of twelve she seemed to careen from one torment to the next Her father used her as a meal ticket and a punching bag and sexually abused her as well Unfortunately the statistics that so many of us have seen played out here; children who are abused often grow up to form partnerships with abusers and that's what Rita with rare exception did From reading If This Was Happiness I got new respect for Orson Welles he was a bad husband and a worse father but he did try at least in the beginning and had the good grace to be honest about his failures and an appreciation for Prince Aly Khan though he wasn't a faithful husband he seemed to care about Rita and adored both of the children Dick Haymes on the other hand; wow what a piece of work I say work rather than another scatological term I'd like to use I felt terribly sorry for Rebecca Welles who seemed to have been forgotten most of the time in the tumult of her mother's life Barbara Leaming interviewed Orson Welles and Hayworth's fifth husband James Hill who is also touchingly candid regarding his failure as a husband along with her brother and several close friends to give us a well rounded picture of the woman who carried the loathed title of Love Goddess but just wanted to be Rita What she could have left out was the armchair psychology that often presented itself especially during the discussions of Rita's sexual abuse and her declining health in later years Even in 1989 when this book was released the link between abuse and later life choices was well established but we're beaten over the head with it hereIf This Was Happiness is fascinating engrossing and heartbreaking It would have made for a much less interesting biography but I wish the lady had had a much contented life

Summary If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth

Lity behind the fantasy was a harsh one Sexually abused by her father as a young girl Rita constantly searched for a man to save her marrying five times At the age of forty two Alzheimer's dis. Added 11917 First published November 24th 1989 I listened to the unabridged audio version Very interesting I didn't realize what a problem filled life Rita Hayworth had Then she died of Alzheimer's disease Below is the info that came with the audio version which I got from Audiblecom Author Barbara Leaming Date 2006 Narrator Anna Fields Provider Blackstone Audio Inc Running Time 13 h 17 min Audible Enhanced Audio Rita Hayworth was the epitome of 1940s glamour A legendary Love Goddess she was a huge box office star and her sultry beauty and sensational figure made her into one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols a pin up so incendiary that GIs pasted it on to the first atom bomb ever detonated Yet behind the smoldering image lay a tragic secret that wrecked her private life A pathologically shy child she was thrust at an early age into a sordid limelight as her vaudevillian father's dancing partner and suffered sexual and physical abuse at his hands A desperate need for protection led her into five marriages including nuptials with Orson Welles and Prince Aly Khan All of them resulted in exploitation and disaster as did affairs with some of the world's most glamorous menRita Hayworth had 2 daughters one by Orson Welles and one by Prince Aly Khan with whom she had a custody fight over who should keep the daughter Rita wouldn't give up YasminListen to a sample of the audio version here at Wiki