Barbara Leaming (free Read) If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth


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If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth

A beautiful actress a gifted dancer a fiery screen temptress linked to some of the most handsome men of her generation Rita Hayworth seemed to live the life that dreams are made of But the rea Read during the era of my fascination with all things Hollywood circa the glamorous black and white years of the great dames and femme fatales of noir film I remember how utterly sad and depressing little Margarita s life was from childhood to failed marriages culminating in a horrendous scandal over child neglect and her early onset Alzheimer s Men go to bed with Gilda and they wake up with me She said wistfully of her most famous career defining role that was also to become the Albatross around her neckHer ex Orson Welles confided that she told him he had been the love of her life and brought her the most happiness He had the grace to admit that he was shitty to her and to wonder remorsefully at how a woman he had so mistreated could ever call that period of her life happy If this was happiness He musedI guess it left uite an impression on me than two decades after I read it A vivid illustration of the rot and sorrow behind the glitz and glamour

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Lity behind the fantasy was a harsh one Sexually abused by her father as a young girl Rita constantly searched for a man to save her marrying five times At the age of forty two Alzheimer's dis Rita Hayworth began her life molested and ended it with dementia In between the two she was a reluctant actress a self hating sex symbol a suffocating wife a neglectful mother a bewildered Princess A deeply troubled desperate womanComparing the well documented historical facts contained in this book to the idealized sanitized version of events presented by the writerhost of the You Must Remember This podcast which inspired me to read this has beenilluminating The host of that show is so committed to her 3rd Wave Feminist Men are always bad and women are always innocent narrative that she robs Rita Hayworth of all agency all choice all fallibility in the furtherance of that agenda It made me retroactively research every case YMRT covered because as here she airbrushes facts away in nearly every case to make room for her own social agenda which is in its own way eually disgustingIn reality Rita Hayworth was obsessed with creating a stable happy family and deeply re

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Ease began to ravage her mind cutting short her career at its peak A haunting and sympathetic tribute to the talented but insecure beauty who was created and ultimately destroyed by the movies Horrific book filled with numerous lies and over exaggerations This author is known to be a terrible autobiographer and I couldn t believe the things I was reading There is no way on this earth that Orson would have confessed to her those things she wrote about Rita He loved Rita than anyone and he would have disrespected her privacy by revealing too much Her lack of proof is amazing All of theses conversations that Rita apparently had were based on hear say or liesIf you are interested in Rita without half the BS please read1 Rita The life of Rita Hayworth By Joe Morella Edward Z Epstein2 Rita Hayworth A Photographic Retrospective By Caren Roberts Frenzel More of a photo book but there are fascinating anecdotes about Rita from someone that is an actual expert on her3 Rita Hayworth Portrait of a Love Goddess by John KobalThe reasons why these books are better is because they do not contain rubbish they are all very similar with their information better written

  • Hardcover
  • 404
  • If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth
  • Barbara Leaming
  • English
  • 19 July 2017
  • 9780670819782

10 thoughts on “If This Was Happiness A Biography of Rita Hayworth

  1. says:

    Read during the era of my fascination with all things Hollywood circa the glamorous black and white years of the great dames and femme fatales of noir film I remember how utterly sad and depressing little Margarita's life was from childhood to failed marriages culminating in a horrendous scandal over child negle

  2. says:

    Poor Rita Hayworth just couldn't catch a break From the age of twelve she seemed to careen from one torment to the next Her father used her as a meal ticket and a punching bag and sexually abused her as well Unfortunately the statistics that so many of us have seen played out here; children who are abused often grow up to form partnerships with abusers and that's what Rita with rare exception did From reading If This Was

  3. says:

    While this is a very interesting biography of Rita Hayworth the undisputed Love Goddess it's not a book to read if you're depressed or looking for something light or uick Barbara Leaming clearly does her research and puts a lot of psychology

  4. says:

    Rita Hayworth began her life molested and ended it with dementia In between the two she was a reluctant actress a self hating sex symbol a suffocating wife a neglectful mother a bewildered Princess A deeply troubled desper

  5. says:

    Added 11917 First published November 24th 1989 I listened to the unabridged audio version Very interesting I didn't realize what a problem filled life Rita Hayworth had Then she died of Alzheimer's disease Below is the info that came with the audio version which I got from Audiblecom Author Barbara Leaming Date 2006 Narrator Anna Fields Provider Blackstone Audio Inc Running Time 13 h 17 min Audible Enhanced Audio Rita Ha

  6. says:

    What a sad life this women lived This book conveys that Rita lived her entire life in abuse and pain Used by her own father unprotected by her mother used by Hollywood husbands boyfriends and the press begs the uestionwas Rita ever happy Her

  7. says:

    Horrific book filled with numerous lies and over exaggerations This author is known to be a terrible autobiographe

  8. says:

    In the 1970s there was a nostalgia boom for biographies of old movie stars but they tended to be cute or still toeing the defunct studios’ line Then in the 1980s there was a boom in salacious biographies of just about anyone In the late 1980s there was also a trend in which childhood physicalsexual abuse was

  9. says:

    When watching the old screen idols in those classic films of a long gone era I often tend to idealize that person and the image they represent I think that they must have had a charmed life a sort of glittering dreamBut very often that was the farthest thing from the truth and for many of these old screen stars was not

  10. says:

    I have no words Can't imagine how she survived so many years

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