Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), American motion-picture actor, singer, and dancer, best remembered for her graceful ballroom dancing as the partner of Fred Astaire in classic musical comedies of the 1930s. Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri, she began dancing professionally at the age of 14 and toured the vaudeville circuit until 1929, when she was cast as the second lead in the popular Broadway musical Top Speed.
She began her film career while still starring on the New York City stage and in 1931 went to Hollywood, where she shot a series of minor comedies and dramas for the Pathé, Paramount, and Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) studios.
Rogers was first matched with Astaire in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio. Although they danced together in only one scene, their elegance, agility, and obvious chemistry stole the show. Subsequently, RKO paired them in vehicles of their own, including the legendary musicals Top Hat (1935), Swing Time (1936), and Follow The Fleet (1936). Their ten feature films together perfectly exemplified the refined and light-hearted charm of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Age (from about 1920 to about 1950).
Astaire was considered the better dancer of the duo, but Rogers had far greater acting range, as she proved with an Academy Award-winning performance in Kitty Foyle (1940). She was equally effective in the bubbly romantic farce The Major and the Minor (1942).
Rogers appeared regularly on screen throughout the 1940s and 1950s and returned briefly to the Broadway stage in 1965, replacing Carol Channing in Hello Dolly! In later years she made occasional television appearances and served as a fashion consultant for the J.C. Penney stores. Her autobiography, Ginger: My Story, was published in 1991.

Swing Time~Rogers and Astair

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7 comments:

Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Great tribute, Allison.

BTW I'm glad that you enjoyed Piaf.

Bluedreamer said...

never heard of her though shes looks like a doll shes so cute

Allison said...

Thank you Patrick!
Its good to hear from you.

Sorry took so long getting back to you on Paif
She is Amazing!

Allison said...

Hi Blue my number 1 fan!
She did a lot of films with "Fred Astair" they were both suited in both dance,film!
Maybe I should of posted a vid clip for you!

bluedreamer27 said...

oh thats great will watch out for it
by the way is the 3 stooges stars included in the classic entertainment era so as mr chaplin

Allison said...

Hi blue I'm not that sure about the 3 stooges didn't they do more short comedy acts curly,larry & mo.
They were around in that era just as "Charlie Chaplin" was where he was definetly in the hollywood classic films.
I can put "Charlie Chaplin" in for you if you want.
Just let me know.

bluedreamer27 said...

wow thanks a lot my friend i will be happy for that