Rita started her career at an early age dancing with her famous dancing family 'The Dancing Cansino's'. Rita probably got her dancing skill from her father Eduardo Cansino, who was a famous Spanish dancer himself along with her mother Volga Haworth. They can be seen dancing as a family in 'Anna Case' and 'La Fiesta' in 1926 with an 8 year old Rita.
By 13 years of age she was performing in her father's Stage acts with a movie career right around the corner. Rita, wanting to be a dancer, continued in show business and found acting a serious possibility. Not only did she become a dancer, she also became a famous actress and leading lady.
Rita did not dance in all her movies but the ones she did were fabulous, especially with Fred Astaire. Legend has it that her beauty inspired the naming of a cocktail... 'The Margarita' and her face was painted on the nose of the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Rita died of Alzheimer's disease in 1987.