Honoring Her Stricken Mother, Rita Hayworth, Yasmin Khan Stages a Dazzling Benefit

UPDATED 05/25/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/25/1987 at 01:00 AM EDT

A cool evening breeze kissed the shoulders of the bejeweled beauties who swept into the Waldorf-Astoria in New York for the Third National Rita Hayworth Gala to benefit the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association. "We've raised $1,100,000 for a cause that's very close to my heart," beamed Hayworth's daughter, Princess Yasmin Khan. "I'm so delighted with the turnout." And well she might be. The 900 or so guests who coughed up from $500 to $2,000 a ticket were a spectacular sight—"really buffed out," in the words of Margaux Hemingway. "They're a lot of real sparklers out there—they're not fakes." But one of Hayworth's first co-stars, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who hired Rita as an unknown for the 1940 Angels Over Broadway, was less impressed with the style than the substance of the charity dinner. "I think Yasmin's devotion to the cause is very, very moving and touching. She's an absolutely darling girl—a great credit to her mother. I don't know anyone who doesn't like her."

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