Saturday, February 27, 2010


Ginger Rodgers, made a total of 73 films, and is best known for her role as Fred Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner in ten Hollywood musical films. She also achieved success in many other film roles, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).

Rogers' first movie performances were films made in 1929, Night in the Dormitory, A Day of a Man of Affairs, and Campus Sweethearts. Shortly after opening in Top Speed, Rogers was to star on Broadway in Girl Crazy the musical made Ginger a star. She made her screen breakthrough in the film 42nd Street (1933). She went on to make films with RKO Radio Pictures, Flying Down to Rio (1933), where she performed with Dolores del Río and Fred Astaire.

Rogers was best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire. From 1933 to 1939, they made nine musical films: Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), and Carefree (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) and a tenth The Barkleys of Broadway(1949). Ginger Rodgers, combined her dancing skills, beauty and her talent as a dramatic actress and comedienne, complementing Astaire, who sometimes struggled as an actor and was not considered handsome. They had wonderful on screen chemistry in their performances in the comic numbers "I'll Be Hard to Handle" from Roberta (1935), "I'm Putting all My Eggs in One Basket" from Follow the Fleet (1936) and "Pick Yourself Up" from Swing Time (1936). Astaire made use of her flexible back in classic romantic dances such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" from Roberta (1935), "Cheek to Cheek" from Top Hat (1935) and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from Follow the Fleet (1936). One of Gingers best performances with Astaire was in the "Waltz in Swing Time" from Swing Time (1936). She tried to avoid solo dance performances and performed only one: "Let Yourself Go."

Ginger Rogers Favorites:

Actors/ Actresses: Cary Grant, Lucille Ball, Lew Ayres, Fred Astaire
Films: All Quiet on the Western Front
Foods: eggs sunny-side up and crisp bacon, steak and baked Idaho potatoes, and ice cream
Color: pink
Drinks: ice-cream sodas
Car: Rolls Royce
Hobbies: sculpting, painting, swimming, tennis, golf

Some of my favorite Ginger Rogers films:

42nd Street (1933)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933
Sitting Pretty (1933)
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Change of Heart (1934)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Romance in Manhattan(1935)
Roberta (1935)
Star of Midnight (1935)
Top Hat (1935)
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
Shall We Dance(1937)
Stage Door (1937)
Vivacious Lady(1938)
Carefree (1938)
Bachelor Mother(1939)
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Once Upon a Honeymoon(1942)
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)


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