Rita Hayworth And Husband Orson Welles Departing For Acapulco, 1946

June 28, 2021

In this photograph colorized by Steve Foster, Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles wave from their plane, the Rita Hayworth Special as they depart for Acapulco. Hayworth’s hair has been died platinum blonde and cut short for their work on the film The Lady From Shanghai. 

Colorized by Steve Foster.

Before Hayworth and Welles began their turbulent marriage, they had both been recently married and divorced. Hayworth married Edward C. Judson in 1937 when she was 18. Judson, an oilman turned promoter, was more than twice her age. That marriage didn’t last though, and she filed for divorce from him on February 24, 1942. 

He Saw A Picture Of Her

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Orson Welles married Virginia Nicholson, a Chicago-born actress and socialite on November 14, 1934. They separated in December 1939 and divorced on February 1, 1940. In 1941, he was working on The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and, after seeing a picture of Hayworth, who was not only an actress, but also a pinup model, decided to call Hayworth to ask her out on a date. Although she refused, she eventually relented and met him for dinner.