Monday, May 19, 2014

Grauman's Chinese #38 -- May 19, 2014

In July, 2012 we paid a return visit to Hollywood and Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Sid Grauman was a San Francisco showman who came to Los Angeles and built three major houses, the Million Dollar, the Egyptian, and the Chinese. The theater has hosted many film premieres, but is most famous for the hand and footprints (and hoofprints and nose prints and other types of prints) in the forecourt.

 Actress, dancer and singer Rita Hayworth left her hand and footprints in the forecourt, but didn't include the date.  She was born as Margarita Cansino.  She began performing in the family's dance act at an early age.  At Columbia Pictures, she became a big star and a popular pin-up. 

She made some very interesting movies including The Lady From Shanghai, with her husband Orson Welles, Gilda and Blood and Sand

The image of Rita Hayworth in one of her biggest hits, Gilda, is from

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