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 of Romani descent.[2]: 129 [3]: 108 [4] He is the father of actress Rita Hayworth.[5]


Eduardo Cansino was born on March 2, 1895, in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Andalusia, Spain. His sister, Elisa, was also a dancer.

His father, Antonio Cansino, combined classical flamenco dancing with Romani flamenco. Antonio was known worldwide for dancing the bolero.

Eduardo's immigration to the United States was sponsored by the Stuyvesant family.[6] In New York he performed for, instructed, and integrated into high society.

Cansino, Edwardo immigration index card

There, he joined the Ziegfeld Follies where he met Volga Hayworth. They married in 1917.[7] 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.[7]


Eduardo Cansino Sr. died in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1968, aged 73, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).[8]

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. ^ Hancock, Ian (2002). We are the Romani People. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press. p. 129. ISBN 9781902806198.
  3. ^ Kendrick, Donald (2007). Historical Dictionary of the Gypsies (Romanies). United States: Scarecrow Press (Rowman & Littlefield). p. 108. ISBN 9780810864405.
  4. ^ "El abuelo flamenco de Rita Hayworth". Archived from the original on 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  5. ^ Márquez Reviriego, Víctor (March 24, 1984). "Del firmamento al limbo". ABC. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Milazzo, Kathy (2019). "Marking Your Territory: The Struggle to Work in Flamenco". In Dodds, Sherril (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition. Oxford University Press. p. 114. ISBN 9780190639082.
  7. ^ 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....
  8. ^ 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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