Ginger Rogers is one of those Hollywood figures who transcended mere stardom, and became a cultural icon.
In the 1930s she and her dance partner Fred Astaire dominated American film.
Her talent was apparent early on. At age 14, she wanted Charleston dance contest.
And before long she was in vaudeville, then Broadway, and finally the movies.
And then RKO Pictures paired her with Fred Astaire, and the rest, as they say, is history.
And it was famously said of her that she could do everything Fred Astaire could do, but backwards and in high heels. You’ll hear more about that in this interview…
Finally, in 1991 at age 80 Ginger Rogers wrote her autobiography. And that’s when I met her.
Wheelchair-bound, and looking a bit frail, Rogers nevertheless melted my heart.
So here now, from 1991, Ginger Rogers.
Ginger Rogers died in 1995, at the age of 84. But had she lived, she would have marked her 110th birthday today, July 16th.
You may also like these episodes: