The movies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers revolutionized the Hollywood musical, introducing dance routines of unprecedented elegance and virtuosity, set to songs specially composed for them by the greatest popular song composers of the day. Yet despite not ever being romantically involved, their names are heavily influenced with one another’s and because of this they were and still are an iconic couple of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
"Ginger Rogers was able to accomplish sex through dance. We told mor e through our movements instead of the big clinch. We did it all in the dance." - Fred Astaire
Astaire started his career in dancing as a young boy; he and his sister played on the Vaudeville circuit beginning in 1906 when he was just 7 years old. In the 1920s, they played in several Broadway musicals including Lady Be Good and Funny Face. Rogers also started her career on Vaudeville. When she was 15 she won a Charleston contest which allowed her to tour with Eddie Foy and his act for six months. At the age of 17, she married Jack Culpepper; the two performed as Ginger and Pepper on the Vaudeville circuit. However, they were divorced in a few months and she went back to touring. In 1930, at the age of 19, she starred in the George and Ira Gershwin musical Girl Crazy where Fred Astaire was hired as the choreographer.
"I adore the man [Fred Astaire]. I always have adored him. It was th e most fortunate thing that ever happened to me, being teamed with F red: he was everything a little starry-eyed girl from a small town e ver dreamed of." - Ginger Rogers
Over a span of 16 years, the memorable pair made 10 movies together and even later on in life, they stayed fond of each other. Shortly before his death in 1986 Astaire stated,"All the girls I ever danced with thought they couldn’t do it, but of course they could. So they always cried. All except Ginger. No no, Ginger never cried."
Fred Astaire breaks character to mouth “you’re sexy” to Ginger Rogers in Top Hat (1935). After Fred mouths those words to her, Ginger laughs and mouths back, “thanks”. It must also be noted that Fred had control over which take of the dance made it into the final film, and he chose this take on purpose.
Freddie says “you’re so sexy” to her in this dance, yes he does. This gif is just before/as he says it. It’s awesome.
Watching this (and fearing broken ankles with each loop) I can’t helping thinking about that old quote Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.
But no, if you watch closely you’ll see she doesn’t even step on the last chair. That means she had to trust that fucker to lift her gently to the ground while he was spinning down onto that chair. That takes major guts. I’d be pissing myself and fearing a broken neck if I were in her place. Kudos to her.
I’m a ballroom dancer. She was meant to step on that chair and slipped. She was lucky she didn’t break her ankle, and man, he must must have been strong as fuck not to even flinch at that and immediately take her weight because she should have toppled.
No, Ginger was never meant to step on the chair. This bit is lifted directly from the stage choreography with Clair Luce. She didn’t step on the chair either.
basmathgirl said: BEAUTIFUL PERSON AWARD! ONCE YOU ARE GIVEN THIS AWARD, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO PASTE IT IN THE ASK OF 8 PEOPLE WHO DESERVE IT. IF YOU BREAK THE CHAIN, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN, BUT IT’S SWEET TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE THINKS YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT :)
Why thank you my dearest. The sentiment is mutual.
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