Eduardo Cansino

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Eduardo Cansino
Eduardo Cansino with daughter and dancing partner Margarita Cansino (Rita Hayworth) (1933)
Eduardo Cansino Reina

(1895-03-02)March 2, 1895
DiedDecember 24, 1968(1968-12-24) (aged 73)
OccupationDancer, actor
(m. 1917; died 1945)
Children3, including Rita Hayworth

Eduardo Cansino Reina[1] (March 2, 1895 – December 24, 1968) was a Spanish-born American dancer and actor, and the father of actress Rita Hayworth.


Eduardo Cansino was born on March 2, 1895, in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Andalusia, Spain. His sister, Elisa, was also a dancer. He emigrated to the United States and joined the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1917 he married Volga Hayworth, his partner in the Follies.[2]

They had three children: Margarita Carmen (October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987), Eduardo Jr. (October 13, 1919 – March 11, 1974), and Vernon (May 21, 1922 – March 23, 1974). After she began making films in Hollywood, Margarita Carmen Cansino took her mother's maiden name as her professional surname, becoming Rita Hayworth.[2] During Rita's childhood and adolescence, Eduardo was sexually abusive to her, according to a 1989 biography of the actress.[3]


Eduardo Cansino Sr. died in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1968, aged 73, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Rita and Eduardo Cansino in 1935


  1. ^ "El abuelo flamenco de Rita Hayworth". Archived from the original on 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  2. ^ a b "Mrs. Eduardo Cansino. Mother of Rita Hayworth, Film Actress. In Dancing Team". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 27, 1945. Retrieved 2014-12-09. Mrs. Volga Cansino, mother of Rita Hayworth, film actress, died at St. John's Hospital last night after an illness of a week....
  3. ^ Braudy, Susan (1989-11-19). "What We Have Here Is a Very Sad Story". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  4. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2. McFarland & Company (2016) ISBN 0786479922

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