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One night I was talking to Dave Leigh & others in Artifiction. The topic of a top 10 "hottie" list came up, and we discussed who would be on our lists. I had a good idea of who would probably make my list, but had never actually typed one up. As I sat down to make a rough draft, names kept popping into my head, and I quickly ran out of places on my list. After I narrowed it down to 10, I decided that I might as well post the others I listed. Every now & then I'll add a few more to the list. I don't really expect anyone to keep up with this or to make this a regular project. Posting only 10 seems too...incomplete...and it would bug me to have it unfinished.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

#4 Ginger Rogers

Ok, you should have seen this coming. If you've read my main blog in the past, you know I'm a big Ginger Rogers fan. Most people just remember her as being Fred Astaire's dance partner, but she was a star in her own right. She had more experience in movies than Fred when they first teamed up, and she even became a talented dramatic actress. Her characters typically had a lot of attitude & spunk. Ginger is one of those girls that can just be flat out elegant & gorgeous...as she demonstrates in numerous dance routines with Fred. She can also be a tom boy, and was a good athlete in real life. She looked like an athlete as well, and I've always been fond of athletic females. If you've ever dreamed of dancing a girl across a ballroom floor, chances are it was Ginger.

Watch It:
Rafter Romance (1933)
Top Hat (1935)
Swing Time (1936)
Shall We Dance (1937)
The Story Of Vernon And Irene Castle (1939)
Bachelor Mother (1939)
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Primrose Path (1940)
Kitty Foyle: The Natural History Of A Woman (1940)
The Major And The Minor (1942)
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
Tight Spot (1955)
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

More Info: (Source)
- Born Virginia Katherine McMath.
- Married & divorced 5 times.
- She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Kitty Foyle in 1940.
- Wrote an autobiography in 1991 entitled, "Ginger, My Story".
- Was a Christian Scientist.
- Was given the name "Ginger" by her little cousin who couldn't pronounce "Virginia" correctly.
- She didn't drink: she had her very own ice cream soda fountain.
- Was Hollywood's highest paid star of 1942.
- Always the outdoor sporty type, she was a near-champion tennis player, a topline shot and loved going fishing.
- Was a life-long Republican.
- She first introduced the song "The Continental" in The Gay Divorcee (1934) and it went on to be the first song that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
- Was offered the part of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), but she turned it down. As a result Rosalind Russell was cast instead.
- Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara since the late 1930s.
- She appeared in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17 with her mother by her side to guide her.

We're In The Money
This is the opening song from the film "Gold Diggers Of 1933", performed by Ginger Rogers & choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Cheek To Cheek
For the "Cheek To Cheek" number in Top Hat (1935), she wanted to wear an elaborate blue dress heavily decked out with ostrich feathers. When director Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire saw the dress, they knew it would be impractical for the dance. Sandrich suggested that Rogers wear the white gown she had worn performing "Night And Day" in The Gay Divorcee (1934). Rogers walked off the set, finally returning when Sandrich agreed to let her wear the offending blue dress. As there was no time for rehearsals, she wore the blue feathered dress for the first time during filming of the "Cheek To Cheek" number, and as Astaire and Sandrich had feared, feathers started coming off the dress. Astaire later claimed it was like "a chicken being attacked by a coyote". In the final film, some stray feathers can be seen drifting off it. To patch up the rift between them, Astaire presented Rogers with a locket of a gold feather. This was the origin of Rogers' nickname "Feathers". - IMDB

Let Yourself Go
Ginger dancing with Fred Astaire in "Follow The Fleet".

Pick Yourself Up (from the film "Swing Time")
"We had fun and it shows. True, we were never bosom buddies off the screen; we were different people with different interests. We were only a couple on film." - Ginger Rogers

Bouncin' The Blues
Ginger first danced with Fred in Flying Down To Rio (1933). Altogether they made 10 films together, the last being The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949).

Ginger won a Charleston contest in 1925 (age 14) and a 4 week contract on the Interstate circuit. The only instance I know of in which she performed it on film was in Roxie Hart (1942). While typing this up I stumbled onto a guest spot she did on "Here's Lucy" in 1971 with Lucille Ball & Lucie Arnaz.

Feel free to post your own top 10 babes in the comments...or just complain about my picks.

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