Volga Hayworth

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Volga Hayworth
Volga Margaret Hayworth

August 8, 1897[1]
DiedJanuary 25, 1945(1945-01-25) (aged 47)
Other namesVolga Cansino
Spouse(s)Eduardo Cansino, Sr.
ChildrenRita Hayworth
Eduardo Cansino, Jr
Vernon Cansino

Volga Margaret Hayworth[nb 1] (August 8, 1897 – January 25, 1945[2]) was an American dancer and vaudevillian under the name Volga Hayworth. A popular showgirl on Broadway, she was the mother of actress Rita Hayworth, who used her mother's maiden name as her professional surname.[3]


Hayworth was born on August 8, 1897, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Allynn Duran Hayworth and Margaret O'Hare.[4]

She appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies,[5] met her husband, the Spanish-born dancer Eduardo Cansino in 1916 and married him in 1917. They had three children. She and her husband formed a vaudeville act, "The Dancing Cansinos".[6]

Volga Hayworth Cansino died in 1945, at the age of 47, from undisclosed causes, in Santa Monica, California.[7][8]

Immediate family[edit]

  • Husband: Eduardo Cansino, Sr., born on (1895-03-02)2 March 1895 – died on 24 December 1968(1968-12-24) (aged 73)
    • Rita Hayworth, born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918 – died on 14 May 1987(1987-05-14) (aged 68)[3]
      • Rebecca Welles, born on December 17, 1944 – died on 17 October 2004(2004-10-17) (aged 59)
        • Marc McKerrow, born on March 31, 1966 – died on 18 June 2010(2010-06-18) (aged 44)
      • Yasmin Aga Khan, born on December 28, 1949
        • Andrew Ali Aga Khan Embiricos, born on (1985-12-11)December 11, 1985 – died on December 4, 2011 (aged 25)
    • Eduardo Cansino, Jr., born on (1919-10-13)October 13, 1919 – died on March 11, 1974(1974-03-11) (aged 54)
    • Vernon Cansino, born on (1922-05-21)May 21, 1922 – died on March 23, 1974 (aged 51)


  1. ^ Although some sources cite Volga Cansino's maiden name as Haworth, the Haworth Association genealogy site includes an excerpt from the 1900 Census for Washington City, District of Columbia which clearly shows the surname as Hayworth. The genealogy site, which provides her date of birth, indicates that Volga Hayworth's great-grandfather had begun using the name "Hayworth" and her father was legally known by the amended surname (Haworth to Hayworth).


  1. ^ Date of birth as per the Haworth Association, a genealogy site
  2. ^ a b c "Mrs. Eduardo Cansino; Mother of Rita Hayworth, Film Actress - In Dancing Team" The New York Times obituary, January 27, 1945
  3. ^ a b "'American love goddess' Rita Hayworth dies". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). The New York Times News Service. May 16, 1987. p. 1D.
  4. ^ Haworth Association genealogy site, ibid.
  5. ^ "Rita Hayworth, Movie Legend, Dies" The New York Times, May 16, 1987
  6. ^ [1], title=From dancer to silver screen siren
  7. ^ "Died". Time magazine. 1945. Volga Haworth Cansino, 47, partner in the onetime famed Cansino dancing team until birth (Oct. 17, 1918) of Daughter Rita Hayworth, who cinemadopted her mother's maiden name; of a heart ailment; in a Santa Monica hospital.
  8. ^ Associated Press (January 27, 1945). "Mrs. Eduardo Cansino. Mother of Rita Hayworth, Film Actress. In Dancing Team". The New York Times. 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. …

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