Rita Hayworth - "I'm Old Fashioned"
In person Rita was shy, quiet and unassuming; only when the cameras rolled did she turn on the explosive sexual charisma that in Gilda (1946) made her a superstar. To Rita, though, domestic bliss was a more important, if elusive, goal, and in 1949 she interrupted her career for marriage - unfortunately an unhappy one almost from the start - to the playboy Prince Aly Khan. Her films after her divorce from Khan include perhaps her best straight acting performances, Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) and They Came to Cordura (1959). Beginning in 1960 (age 42), early onset of Alzheimer's disease (undiagnosed until 1980) limited Rita's ability. The last few roles in her 60-film career were increasingly small. Almost helpless by 1981, Rita was cared for by her daughter Yasmin Khan until her death at age 68.
Happy Birthday Rita, You were a star, a princess, a siren, and a goddess, but most of all you were always yourself.
So today, with tongue in cheek, I choose Rita Hayworth's version of "I'm Old Fashioned" as my, be you, never feign affection, do not seek to the approval of others, song for a, today's fancies are passing fancies, to thine own self be true, follow your own bright star, Tuesday.