Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was born on 17 October, 1918 and died on 14 May, 1987. Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino (Sr.) and English/Irish-American Ziegfeld girl Volga Hayworth. After about 1960, Rita suffered from extremely early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which was not diagnosed until 1980. Rita continued to act in films until the early 1970s and made a well-publicised 1971 appearance on The Carol Burnett Show. Both of her brothers died within a week of each other in March 1974, saddening her greatly, and causing her to drink even more heavily than before. Rita Hayworth public diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 1980 was a big step in destigmatizing the degenerative disease.

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