Child Star Discovered Rita Hayworth–Read it Here

movie star in neonIts that time again–Movie Time. And what an exciting time I had doing my column about a child star for Reel Life With Jane this month! Take a break from reading books and travel with me to Hollywood today.




Child Star Jane Withers and Rita Hayworth
Child Star Jane Withers and Rita Hayworth in Paddy O’Day

Who discovered Rita Hayworth? The subject of my interview did– when she was a nine-year-old child star.

I hope you’ll hop over to my Classics Connoisseur column to see my exclusive interview with Jane Withers and read all about her discovery of Rita, her ultimate stage mother, and her personality.

Don’t remember Jane? Most folks today remember her as Josephine the Plumber, who advertised Comet cleanser for more than a dozen years, but you may also have caught her in character roles on TV and movies like Giant. But I’m talking to her about her acting career as a child, which started when she was a precocious six year old. Trust me, she’ll cheer you up!

The interview is in honor of the release by Twentieth Century Fox of 7 of Jane Wither’s child star movies. They have not been available until now, and they are a hoot!  The Farmer’s Wife featured Henry Fonda in his first movie role.

Paddy O’Day features the gorgeous Rita in her first substantial acting role in Hollywood as she expanded from being only a dancer. And all the newly released old movies star the ornery, optimistic, Jane Withers.

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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.