Eduardo Cansino

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Eduardo Cansino
Eduardo Cansino with daughter and dancing partner Margarita Cansino (Rita Hayworth) (1933)
Born Eduardo Cansino Reina
(1895-03-02)March 2, 1895
Castilleja de la Cuesta, Andalusia, Spain
Died December 24, 1968(1968-12-24) (aged 73)
Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Dancer, actor
Spouse(s) Volga Hayworth
Children 3, 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, 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]


Eduardo Cansino Sr. died in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1968, aged 73, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale).[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Rita and Eduardo Cansino in 1935


  1. ^ El abuelo flamenco de Rita Hayworth
  2. ^ a b 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....
  3. ^ 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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