Rita Hayworth (1918-1987)
The lady with the red hair and the super sexy persona. Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino and was known for mostly playing exotic roles before her very public transformation in 1937. She changed her name, dyed her hair red, lasered her hairline back and subsequently became one of the hottest Hollywood actresses around. Rita is best known for her sexy and risque role in 1946's Gilda. Rita continues to be a sex symbol in Hollywood even after her death in 1987 from Alzheimer's disease. If you're curious about just how beautiful Rita Hayworth was, check out Gilda and The Lady from Shanghai. They do not disappoint.