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Famous People: Alzheimer’s Disease & Parkinson’s Disease. The Schizies : Becky Guiler , Misty Mahan, Renee Pittman, and Keima Thomas. Rita Hayworth. And Alzheimer’s Disease. Who was Rita Hayworth? Background and Interesting Facts.

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Famous People:Alzheimer’s Disease &Parkinson’s Disease

The Schizies:

Becky Guiler, Misty Mahan,

Renee Pittman, and Keima Thomas

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Rita Hayworth

And Alzheimer’s Disease

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Who was Rita Hayworth?Background and Interesting Facts

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17,1918 in Brooklyn, New York

Father was Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino Sr.

Mother was English/Irish American Ziegfeld girl Volga Haworth (one of Florenz Ziegfeld’s chorus girls or showgirls)

In Barbara Leaming’s Rita Hayworth biography "If This Was Happiness“, Learning claims that as a child and teenager, Rita’s father sexually and physically abused Rita.

Father pushed her into dancing, even though she did not enjoy it.

Performed with parents in New York bars and nightclubs and then in California and Mexican resorts and nightclubs

Father would lock her in her dressing room to keep her from crowds between shows.

In 1946 her image and the name Gilda were painted onto the first atomic bomb that was tested after World War II. According to Steve Starrfrom Entertainment Magazine, “Rita was furious”.

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Rita Hayworth’s Acting Career

  • Famous for being an American actress and dancer

  • Involved in acting from 1926 - 1972

  • In 1937 she took her mother’s maiden name and added a “y”.

  • (Rita Cansino from 1926 – 1937 / Rita Hayworth from 1937 – 1972)

  • Columbia pictures studio told her to lose weight, dye her dark brown hair auburn, and raise her hairline with electrolysis.

  • Most famous film – Gilda (legendary one-glove striptease)

  • 1940’s sex symbol known as the “Great American Love Goddess”

  • Her 1941 Life magazine photograph became one of the most requested wartime pinups (over 5 million copies sold by the end of the war)

  • Interestingly, was said to actually be very shy with “great insecurities”

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Rita Hayworth’s Acting Career

Some of other well known films include Dante’s Inferno (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Susan and God (1940), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), the musical Cover Girl (1944), Affair In Trinidad (1952), Salome (1953), Pal Joey (1957), and Separate Tables (1958).

Some of the actors that Rita Hayworth worked with include Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, James Cagney, Fred Astaire, Glenn Ford, Frank Sinatra, and John Wayne.

Made an appearance on The Carol Burnett Show in 1971.

Her last film was in 1972 – The Wrath of God

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Rita Hayworth:5 Husbands and 2 Daughters


  • Edward C. Judson (1937-1943) promoter / 22 years older than Rita / helped with career, but demanding and temperamental

  • Orson Welles (1943-1948) director / had never met Rita, but he told the press he was coming back to America from filming to marry her, and he did on the same day that her divorce was finalized / near end of marriage, he had her cut off her hair and dye it blonde for a film

  • Prince Aly Khan (1949-1953) Muslim leader – Vice President of the United Nations General Assemblly representing Pakistan / both were married when affair started / with Rita being Catholic, the Vatican declared the marriage to be “illicit”, she was condemned by the Pope

  • Dick Haymes (1953-1955) Argentinian singer / financial problems due to owing alimony to 3 previous wives / faced deportation because he gave up citizsenship to aviod draft during WWII

  • James Hill (1958-1961) producer

  • Once told press that “every man I knew fell in love with Gilda, and woke up with me” in reference to her many unsuccessful relationships.

  • Also has been quoted as saying “Basically, I am a good, gentle person, but I am attracted to mean personalities.”


  • Rebecca Welles

  • Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (born 7 months after marriage to the Prince)

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Rita Hayworth and Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Onset is believed to have begun in 1960, though she was not diagnosed until 1980.

  • Was suspected of severe alcoholism due to sometimes erractic behavior, causing her film career to decline

  • 1972 – when making her last film The Wrath of God, she had trouble remembering her lines

  • 1976 – thought to have been drunk when exiting an airplane (received really bad publicity for this)

  • 1977 – was hospitalized due to extreme confusion and bewilderment at art gallery opening (the same year that she was the recipient for the National Screen Heritage Award)

  • Doctors diagnosed impairment as being due to chronic alcoholism – sent to sanitarium to “dry out”

  • Daughter Yasmin was appointed as her gaurdian.

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Rita Hayworth and Alzheimer’s Disease

  • 1980 – doctors realized she did not suffer from alcoholism, but from Alzheimer’s disease (at this time disease was not very well known)

  • In her small New York City apartment, next to daughter Yasmin’s, it was said that she “stared in a mirror not recognising herself, sometimes spoke in a strange language, and later, took to her bed from where she was afraid to move to her living room chair.”

  • Yasmin became a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association helping to educate the world about the disease.

  • Yasmin has been hosting the annual Rita Hayworth Gala (a fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s Association) since 1985, which has raised more than $42 million.

  • Rita Hayworth helped to bring awareness of this not well known disease.

  • Died May 14, 1987 at the age of 68.

  • After her death, she was praised by President Ronald Reagan for bringing public attention to the disease Alzheimer’s (he himself had not been diagnosed yet)

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Background of Ronald Reagan

  • He was born in 1911 in Illinois.

  • A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. He appeared in 53 films throughout the next two decades and became president of the Screen Actors Guild.

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Family Life

  • His first marriage was to actress Jean Wyman and they had two children: Maureen and Michael.

  • He married actress Nancy Davis in 1952 and had two more children: Patricia and Ronald.

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President Reagan

  • In 1981 he became the fortieth President of the United States of America.

  • He was shot only 69 days after he took office, but he made a full recovery.

  • He was re-elected in 1985 and served his second term.

  • His ideas of “peace through strength” made him one of our most popular Presidents.

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  • In the late 80’s and early 90’s, he began to slowly lose his grasp on ordinary function.

  • He knew what was coming, and even made several jokes about it.

  • His mother and brother had Alzheimer’s.

  • Three years after leaving the White House, his symptoms became impossible to ignore.

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Did Reagan Have Alzheimer’s While in Office?

  • He was definitely on his way to getting it.

  • There wasn’t nearly enough of a decline in function for a diagnosis.

  • 1/3 - 1/2 of all humans experience some mild decline in memory as they get older, so friends and relatives didn’t worry about it very much.

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  • At the conclusion of a physical in 1992 he asked his doctor: “What am I supposed to do next?” That is when his doctor knew something was very wrong.

  • 16 months later, he flew to Washington D.C. to attend a dinner celebrating his 83rd birthday, and he didn’t recognize a few people that he had known for years.

  • He forgot where he was later that night when he was in his hotel room.

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  • The former President announced to the world that he had Alzheimer’s in 1994.

  • Early in the disease, he took frequent walks, played golf, and went to his office everyday.

  • As his memory decreased, these activities stopped.

  • He eventually lost his ability to articulate words or remember who people were.

  • Ronald Reagan died from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease on June 5, 2004.

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Parkinson’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, characterised by tremors, stiffness in limbs and joints, speech impediments and difficulty in initiating physical movements. Late in the course of the disease, some people may develop dementia. Drugs may improve the physical symptoms, but can have side effects including hallucinations, delusions and a temporary worsening of confusion and abnormal movements.

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Ali and Fox

  • http://www.veotag.com/player/?u=ldyoexeaij

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  • Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time, had humble beginnings. He was born Cassius Clay, Jr., on January 17, 1942, in Louisville , Kentucky. He began boxing at the age of 12, winning various Golden Glove titles, both locally and nationally. In 1960, he attended the Olympics in Rome and came away with the gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the age of 18. Ali was then sponsored by a Kentucky organization to begin his professional career. Besides this sponsorship, it was Muhammad Ali's own self-promoting wise cracks that got him noticed as a great boxer.

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  • As Muhammad Ali's boxing career started to wind down in the early 80's, he began to show signs of a neurological disorder. He had evident signs of decreasing motor skills during a fight against Larry Holmes in 1980. Parkinson's disease was diagnosed soon after, and it was noted that his illness was probably brought on by repetitive head trauma.

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  • In more recent years, Ali has lost his ability to speak. He was able to attend the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and he lit the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony. Ali just celebrated his 65th birthday this past January and his children say he still has great, meaningful moments. He now leads a more placid life, and since his Parkinson's diagnosis, he has stated that he regrets nothing.

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Parkinson’s Disease was able to attend the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and he lit the Olympic torch at the opening ceremony. Ali just celebrated his 65th birthday this past January and his children say he still has great, meaningful moments. He now leads a more placid life, and since his Parkinson's diagnosis, he has stated that he regrets nothing.

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Was born as Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961. He is a Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-1990); Alex P. Keaton from the Family Ties (1982-1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty from Spin City (1996-2000), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Michael J. Fox

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Diagnosed Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the

  • Fox started displaying symptoms of early- onset Parkinson’s disease in 1990 while shooting the movie Doc Hollywood. He was not properly diagnosed until 1991. In 1998, he decided to go public with his condition, and since then he has been a strong advocate of Parkinson’s disease research. As the symptoms of his disease worsened, he retired from full-time acting in 2000.

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Stem Cell Research Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the

  • In 2006, Fox interviewed with Katie Couric explaining his political advocacy.

  • Katie Couric Interview

  • On July 18, 2006, Fox appeared in a taped interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, defending a Senate bill (Stem-Cell Research Enhancement Act) that would have expanded federal funding for stem cell research. The bill was not enacted, however, being vetoed by President W. Bush.

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Michael J. Fox Foundation Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease within the decade through aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

  • The Michael J. Fox foundation has funded over 120 million dollars in research that can lead to the creation of better Parkinson’s treatment.

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References Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the

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References Canadian/ American film and television star. His roles include Marty McFly from the

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8lsjfjgAA8