Mama and Rita

Sometimes your mind does funny things.

For years now I have envisioned my Mama looking just like Rita Hayworth. It is probably because my Daddy’s sisters say she looked like Rita Hayworth the first time he brought her home to meet his family.

I remember her in bright red lipstick…just like Rita. She pin-curled her hair and styled it…just like Rita. She often had a cigarette in her hand…just like Rita.

Mama at 13 in 1947
Mama at 13

This picture of Mama was taken when she was thirteen. By the time she was sixteen, she was married. By seventeen, she had a baby. That baby was me and she named me Rita.

Rita in 1951
Me in 1951


I was born in a small town in southern USA in the early 1950's. As the beautiful and glamorous Rita Hayworth was popular when my mom and dad were dating, I was named Rita. I love everything fifties and especially the fashions and celebrities from that era.

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