Behind The Scenes Of The Golden Age Of Hollywood

Rita Hayworth Had Painful Electrolysis To Fix Her Hairline

Rita Hayworth was not just a bombshell, she was the bomb as well. When the United States resumed nuclear testing after the end of the Second World War, the first bomb dropped was named Gilda, after Hayworth's most famous role. She was arguably the biggest Hollywood sex symbol of the first half of the 20th century -- the pre-Monroe era. 

Rita Hayworth. Source: Etsy

Hayworth had red hair, as far as the fans knew, but her natural look was all Latina, thanks to the genes on her Spanish-born father's side. When Hollywood went all-in on the Brooklyn beauty who was born Margarita Carmen Cansino, she got not just a new name (Hayworth was her mother's maiden name) and hair color, she also got a new hairline. In a primitive plastic-surgery process, Hayworth was subjected to electrolysis to raise the hairline and broaden her forehead for an overall more Anglo-Saxon look. According to reports, the process took two years, and each procedure zapped one hair at a time at a cost of $10 per hair.