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Who Is The Most Famous Rita In The World?

Updated January 26, 2021 477 votes 43 voters 9k views49 items

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How many celebrities named Rita can you think of? The famous Ritas below have many different professions, including notable actors named Rita, famous musicians named Rita, and even athletes named Rita.

Rita Ora is certainly one of the most famous Ritas on this list. One of the famous singers named Rita, she is a singer and actress. “Your Song,” “Anywhere,” and “R.I.P.” are among her most popular songs.

Another of the famous people with the first name Rita is Rita Hayworth. She was an actress and pin-up girl. She is featured in Gilda, Cover Girl, and Only Angels Have Wings among other films. Rita Wilson and Rita Moreno are two other famous actresses named Rita you will probably recognize. 

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  • 1
    1918-10-17
    27

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in 61...  more

    #48 of 349 The Best Actresses In Film History#26 of 188 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#265 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 2
    1990-11-26
    26

    BirthplacePristina, SFR Yugoslavia

    NationalityRepublic of Kosovo, United Kingdom

    Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born November 26, 1990) is an English singer, songwriter and actress. She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh's single "Hot Right Now", which reached...  more

    The Best Songs Feat. Rita Ora#38 of 96 The Greatest Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years#41 of 101 The Best Current Female Singers

  • 3
    1931-12-11
    21

    BirthplaceHumacao, Puerto Rico

    NationalityUnited States of America, Puerto Rico

    Rita Moreno (born December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; among her notable acting work are supporting roles in the musical films The...  more

    #259 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#136 of 250 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time#134 of 322 The Greatest American Actresses Of All Time

  • 4
    1956-10-26
    20

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Margarita Ibrahimoff (born October 26, 1956), better known as Rita Wilson, is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and producer. She appeared in the films It's Complicated (2009), Sleepless in...  more

    #87 of 153 The Most Stunning Celebrity Women Over 50#101 of 161 Beautiful Celebrity Women Aging the Most Gracefully#209 of 468 Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

  • 5
    1945-05-01
    14

    BirthplaceLafayette, Tennessee, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is an American recording artist. During the 1970s and 1980s, her songs were on Billboard magazine's pop, country, adult contemporary, and jazz charts, and she won two...  more

    #1254 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#157 of 500 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#245 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time

  • 6
    1944-11-28
    14

    BirthplaceHanover, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944) is an American writer, activist, and feminist. She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Brown is also a mystery writer and screenwriter....  more

    #85 of 99 The Best Mystery Authors#41 of 250 The Best Gay Authors

  • 7
    1947-12-31
    11

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Rita Lee (born Rita Lee Jones, December 31, 1947) is a Brazilian rock singer and composer. She is a former member of the Brazilian band Os Mutantes and is a popular figure in Brazilian entertainment,...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceHurricane belt, Cuba Island, Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba

    NationalityCuba

    Alpharita Constantia "Rita" Marley, OD (née Anderson; born 25 July 1946), is a Cuban-born Jamaican singer and the widow of Bob Marley. She was a member of the vocal group the I Threes, along with...  more
  • 9
    1953-09-17
    16

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Rudner (born September 17, 1953) is an American comedian. Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, Rita Rudner noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned to stand-up...  more

    #122 of 247 The Funniest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time#25 of 279 American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the USA#74 of 98 The Most Original Comedians

  • 10
    1964-11-18
    9

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Cosby (born November 18, 1964) is a television news anchor and correspondent, radio host, and best selling author. She is currently a Special Correspondent for the CBS syndicated program Inside...  more
  • 11
    1944-05-28
    13

    BirthplaceBig Pond, Nova Scotia, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Rita MacNeil, CM, ONS (May 28, 1944 – April 16, 2013) was a Canadian singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. Her biggest hit, "Flying On Your Own", was a crossover...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceTurin, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Rita Levi-Montalcini (US: , Italian: [ˈriːta ˈlɛːvi montalˈtʃiːni]; 22 April 1909 – 30 December 2012) was an Italian Nobel laureate, honored for her work in neurobiology. She was awarded the 1986...  more

    #2638 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#20 of 20 20 Amazing Women in STEM Fields

  • 13
    1968-07-19
    10

    BirthplaceVenezuela

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Rosina Verreos (born July 19, 1968) is a TV Host/ News Anchor, actress, beauty pageant coach, model, and former beauty pageant & reality television contestant. ...  more
  • 14
    1960-02-25
    14

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    Rita Wolf (born Rita Ghose, 25 February 1960 in Calcutta, India) is a British-Indian actress and theatre producer. Wolf moved to London as a child and trained at the Royal Court Youth Theatre...  more
  • 15
    1967-10-22
    11

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

    Rita Guerra (born Rita Maria de Azevedo Mafra Guerra on 22 October 1967) is a Portuguese singer....  more
  • 16
    14

    BirthplaceEssex, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Rita Joanne Simons (born 10 March 1977) is an English actress, singer, and model from London, who is known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2007 to 2017, when her...  more
  • 17
    1942-03-14
    13

    BirthplaceGarston, Merseyside, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Rita Tushingham (born 14 March 1942) is an English actress. She is known for her starring roles in films including A Taste of Honey (1961), The Leather Boys (1964), The Knack …and How to Get It...  more
  • 18
    1960-05-16
    6

    BirthplacePoreč, Croatia

    NationalityItaly, Croatia

    Rita Rusic, also known as Rita Cecchi Gori, is a Croatian producer, actress and singer. Rusic's career began as an actress with a major role in the 1982 film Attila flagello di Dio. She was...  more
  • 19
    1952-08-28
    7

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952) is an American poet and essayist. From 1993 to 1995, she served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She is the first African...  more
  • 20
    1975-07-12
    7

    BirthplaceMbaise

    NationalityNigeria

    Rita Uchenna Nkem Dominic Nwaturuocha (born July 12, 1975) is a Nigerian actress. In 2012 she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role....  more
  • 21
    1949-11-25
    11

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Jenrette (née Carpenter, born November 25, 1949) is an American celebrity, actress, television journalist, real estate executive, and proponent of architectural restoration. She is most well...  more
  • 22
    1913-08-13
    7

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Ann Johnson (August 13, 1913 – October 31, 1965) was an American actress....  more
  • 23
    1995-09-15
    3

    BirthplaceQuezon City, Philippines

    NationalityPhilippines

    Rita Daniela (born as Rita Daniela De Guzman Iringan, September 15, 1995) is a Filipina singer, actress and television host. She played Maureen Zalameda on Impostora 2017, and one of the main...  more
  • 24
    1962-03-24
    3

    BirthplaceTehran, Iran

    NationalityIran, Israel

    Rita Yahan-Farouz (Hebrew: ריטה יהאן-פרוז‎, Persian: ریتا جهان‌فروز‎; English: Rita Jahanforuz; b. March 24, 1962), also known mononymously as Rita (formerly Rita Kleinstein, Hebrew: ריטה...  more
  • 25
    1930-01-24
    3

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rita Lakin (born January 24, 1930) is an American screenwriter. She has credits for 474 produced television scripts spanning 30 productions. She is also a novelist and author of "The Only Woman In...  more
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