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Meet Rita Hayworth’s Daughter Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Rebecca Welles

Mary Scott
Jan 02, 2020
10:30 P.M.

Rita Hayworth was one of the highly sought after actors in the 40s, but unfortunately, while her career was on a constant high, Hayworth's personal life couldn't have been more different. The late icon had two daughters, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Rebecca Welles.

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Yasmin is truly a Princess, but contrary to popular belief, her life is not the usual fairytale story. In fact, her reality is far from what anyone would expect of a princess's upbringing. She is, in fact, the modern-day princess.

The late Rita Hayworth at the Dorchester Hotel in London on April 23, 1956 | Photo: Getty Images

The late Rita Hayworth at the Dorchester Hotel in London on April 23, 1956 | Photo: Getty Images

Yasmin was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, on December 28, 1949. She is the second child of Hayworth, and her dad is Prince Aly Khan of Pakistan. Sadly, the one-time Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly died in an accident when Yasmin was 11.

Rebecca never saw her baby after she woke up in a private room, nor did she ever meet Marc McKerrow.

Yasmin went to school in Massachusetts' Buxton School, where she learned to milk cows on an organic farm while studying. She visited her mother on every vacation, and after graduating from College in 1973, the princess decided to pursue a career in singing.

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Yasmin married her first husband, Greek rich kid Basil Embiricos, in 1985. The marriage lasted only two years, after which the princess walked down the aisle again in 1989 with Christopher Michael Jeffries. That marriage also unraveled in 1993, and sadly, Yasmin lost her only son (shared with Basil), 25-year-old Andrew, in 2011.

Yasmin's older sister, Rebecca Welles, was born to Hayworth and her then-husband Orson Welles on December 17, 1944, via caesarian section at a Santa Monica hospital. Her half-sister, Chris Welles Feder, once recalled Rebecca looking exactly like their dad.

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Not long after, the marriage between Welles and Hayworth fell apart, with the couple getting divorced in 1947. Rebecca had to grow up with a mother battling alcoholism, emotional issues and undiagnosed Alzheimer's disease, and a father who chose movie making over her.

In 1964, Rebecca enrolled and graduated from the University of Puget Sound. On March 31, 1966, she secretly gave birth to a baby boy whom her mother arranged to be adopted immediately.

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Rita Hayworth arriving at Ascot racecourse | Photo: Getty Images

Rita Hayworth arriving at Ascot racecourse | Photo: Getty Images

The child was adopted by Carol and Loren McKerrow, who named him Marc McKerrow. Rebecca never saw her baby after she woke up in a private room, nor did she ever meet Marc McKerrow. He died on June 18, 2010, at the age of 44.

In 1970, Rebecca got married to her first husband, Perry Moede. By 1984, they were divorced, and on March 16, 2002, she tied the knot with her second husband, Guy Manning.

Rita Hayworth serves up spaghetti in "You'll Never Get Rich" in 1941 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rita Hayworth serves up spaghetti in "You'll Never Get Rich" in 1941 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rebecca died in 2004. The cause of her death remains unknown, although Welles Feder claimed her half-sister had been battling aggressive cancer. Before her death, both Rebecca and Yasmin were spotted walking alongside each other at the funeral of their glamorous 68-year-old mother.

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