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3. Rita Hayworth

Listed as one of the greatest film actresses of all time by the American Film Institute, Rita Hayworth’s career almost died out before it even started: when she was known as Margarita Cansino, she was cast in bit roles and “ethnic” parts. It was only when she lightened her hair — and her skin — got extensive plastic surgery, and changed her name to the more Anglo-sounding “Rita Hayworth” that she made her mark on the Hollywood zeitgeist.

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