Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess
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Based onRita Hayworth
by John Kobal
Written byArthur Kean
Directed byJames Goldstone
StarringLynda Carter
Michael Lerner
John Considine
Music byLalo Schifrin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDavid Susskind
ProducersAndrew Susskind
Stanley Kallis (supervising producer)
Production locationsBurbank, California
Los Angeles
CinematographyTerry K. Meade
EditorEdward A. Biery
Running time100 minutes
Production companiesThe Susskind Company
Lorimar Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseNovember 2, 1983 (1983-11-02)

Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess is a 1983 American made-for-television biographical film directed by James Goldstone. Based on the 1982 biography Rita Hayworth by John Kobal,[1] it deals with real events in the life of actress Rita Hayworth from 1931 to 1952.[2] It was broadcast by CBS on November 2, 1983.[3]


Born Rita Cansino, Rita Hayworth rises to the top of Hollywood becoming a World War II "pinup girl" next to Betty Grable and for three years she is one of the top movie actresses in the world. However, her personal life does not match her professional success. Happiness eludes her in her tumultuous relationship with tyrannical studio executive Harry Cohn, who often exploits her. She also has an unhappy marriage to Orson Welles and to Prince Aly Khan.



  1. ^ John J. O'Connor (November 2, 1983). "TV: 'RITA HAYWORTH: LOVE GODDESS'". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Carter Stars In The Love Goddess'". Albany Herald. June 12, 1983. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ Fred Rothenberg (November 2, 1983). "Lynda Carter As Rita Hayworth Lacks Latter Fire". The Beaver County Times. Retrieved 30 July 2012.