The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book by Arlene Croce[These notes were made in 1990:]. 192 pp., paperback. This book has two real strengths. One: like any Fred Astaire book worth its salt, its full of wonderful production photos. And because 9 of 10 F&G movies were black-and-white, the decision to stick with a black-and-white format was a wise one (kept the price within reach). Two: Croces extensive research means the book is full of surprising little stories and tidbits of information. What surprised me, however, especially from a dance critic of Croces stature, was the relative lack of discussion of the dancing itself. A few general comments on each of the numbers - and mostly about the mise-en-scene or the history - is all we are given. Perhaps Croce feels she has done the job elsewhere. Croce writes fluently and well about a subject she is obviously keen on (without being breathless). I like this little book very much.
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She was born in Independence, Missouri. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films, collaborating with Fred Astaire as a romantic lead actress and dancing partner in a series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre. She achieved great success on her own in a variety of film roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle She ranks 14 on the AFI's Years She also appeared on numerous television programs. She died of a heart attack in Rancho Mirage, California. Rogers was most famous for her partnership with Fred Astaire.
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Her parents divorced when she was still an infant, and she was raised by her mother, Lela Owens McMath. In Lela married John Rogers, and Ginger took his last name. She began her career, which was carefully orchestrated by her mother, while still a child, performing in local shows in Texas. That success ultimately led her to the Broadway stage in , when she performed in Top Speed. She then went to Hollywood and began performing in movies, typecast as a flippant blonde.