In 1948, at the height of her fame, Hayworth traveled to Cannes, France, and was introduced to Prince Aly Khan. They began a year-long courtship, and were married on May 27, 1949. Hayworth left Hollywood and sailed for France, breaking her contract with Columbia.
Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan visit the capital city of Algiers in Algeria, December 1950
As Hayworth was already one of the most well-known celebrities in the world, the courtship and the wedding received enormous press coverage around the world. Hayworth also received some negative backlash for her courtship with the Prince, causing some American fans to boycott her pictures. The wedding marked the first time a Hollywood actress became a princess. On December 28, 1949, Hayworth gave birth to the couple’s only daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
by Jean Amr