Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hayworth mss., 1943, consist primarily of letters from actor/director Orson Welles, 1915-1985, to his new wife, actress Rita Hayworth, 1918-1987. Hayworth and Welles married on September 7, 1943. Following a short honeymoon Welles returned to New York City to pursue his career and awaited Rita's arrival there once her film commitment at Columbia Pictures was completed. Most of the letters are thus from New York. Several are illustrated by Welles in watercolor and pen, and all contain the loving sentiments of a new husband missing his bride.

Other correspondents include Hayworth's brother, Vernon Cansino, Hortense Hill, Mercedes Jimenez and Bill Stern. Accompanying the letters is Hayworth's membership card for the National Automobile Club and an undated inscribed photograph of Welles. All of the correspondence was found in the upper compartment of Hayworth's makeup case, which is also present in the collection. The case is a dark brown box with a brown suede protective cover and a brass plaque bearing Hayworth's name. Inside are monogrammed makeup jars containing original portions of powder and cosmetic cream, a tin Midol box, a comb, and other personal items such as hairpins.

An inventory is available.

Purchase. 2006

Collection size: 26 items

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