24 May 2015

Do you still miss me?

Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford made five movies together- "The Lady in Question" (1940), "Gilda" (1946)"The Loves of Carmen" (1948), "Affair in Trinidad" (1952) and "The Money Trap" (1965). The two were not just colleagues but good friends from the time they met until Rita's death in 1987. According to Peter Ford, Glenn Ford's only child from his first marriage to actress Eleanor Powell, his father and Rita Hayworth had also been lovers. In his biography "Glenn Ford: A Life" (2011), Peter Ford --in possession of his father's diaries-- says that they became lovers during filming of "The Loves of Carmen", and that Rita also got pregnant and had an abortion [via]. Rita and Glenn remained friends and in later years also lived next to each other in Beverly Hills. Shown below is some of the correspondence Rita sent Glenn Ford in 1969 and 1970. Sent to Ford's home address in Beverly Hills, there are two postcards from Lanzarote, Spain, one from New York and one from Honolulu, Hawaii. The note was written in October 1970, also from Lanzarote where Rita was filming "Road to Salina" (1970).

Transcript:

Oct 12 Sunday
Hi-
If I had any spare time I could ride one of those creatures on the other side
Love + Peace 
Rita H

AIR
Glenn Ford 
911 Oxford Way 
Beverly Hills
California 
U.S.A.

Transcript:

Hi- will be leaving here Nov. 4th for London. I'll wire my address in England. Do you still miss me??
Love,
Rita H.

Air Mail!
Glenn Ford 
911 Oxford Way 
Beverly Hills, Calif.
U.S.A.

Transcript:

Hi-

See you in B.H. Cal. in about ten days-
Love Rita

AIR
Glenn Ford 
911 Oxford Way 
Beverly Hills
California

Transcript:

Hi Glenn-

On our way to Maui, Hana Hotel. Be back July 3rd-
Your pal
Rita H.

AIR
Mr. Glenn Ford 
911 Oxford Way 
B.H. California 
90210

Transcript:

Oct. 10th

I'm glad you miss me, I miss you too.
My finish date here is the 26th of October. Must then go to Paris Nov 1st or 2nd for a few days of clubbing (??) -That's the situation up to now. Hope it's that way.

Con cariño

Marga Rita

Above: Glenn Ford and son Peter visit Rita Hayworth on the set of "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947). Below: Rita and Glenn in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
Images of Rita Hayworth's postcards and letter courtesy of Heritage Auctions (here) and here). 

1 comment:

  1. She wrote "dubbing", not "clubbing." It's a term for recording your voice, probably in reference to a film.

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