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-scène 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.
Fred and Ginger: The truth
She just did it backwards and in high heels. She was almost right. The immortal dance partnership of Astaire and Rogers was the perfect example of professional compromise. In the 10 they had passed their peaks. Although Astaire continued to make movies and record, he was never to shine quite as brightly as he did when whirling Rogers in his arms. Rogers recalls her feet bleeding after rehearsals. If he got an idea for a new routine or a change he would call at any time day or night to explain it and get her into rehearsal as early as 5am.
He is in his usual tailcoat, she looks stunning with her skirt swirling around her. Above them, the word "Partners". Both Fred and Ginger would have hated that. Not just because they would never have given their approval to a travel firm using their picture in this way, but simply because neither of them liked to be thought of as "partners". In fact, the time has come to say that they didn't want to be a regular act at all. More than that, they didn't actually like each other very much, and needed a great deal of persuasion to work together time after time. Fred once told me in an aside while I was working on what would be his authorised biography - but in a statement distinctly not for publication at the time - "Oh Ginger!
Everyone knows Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. The ultimate dancing duo throughout the s, the pair made nine films together. They also symbolized the sexism of the Hollywood industry — paying Ginger half and working her double. Like all strong women, Ginger persevered with a smile on her face and went on to be considered the greatest dancers of all time — even with a partner who refused to let her lead or choreograph. He worked on the routines as though he were planning a military operation.
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FRED Astaire was one of humanity's greatest ever dancers - and his legacy lives on through the films he made throughout his whopping 76 year career. Before passing away, was reported to have crowned Michael Jackson as his 'replacement'. He said: "I didn't want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was, thank you Michael. His mother set him and his sister Adele up as a siblings dance duo, and by the family had relocated to New York to help develop the duo's phenomenal talents and launch their showbiz careers. The pair were heralded as the best sibling act on the Vaudeville circuit at that time, and their career went from strength to strength, ending only after Adele wed in Stopping his sibling partnership meant Fred was free to dance with others, and he was soon cast in The Gay Divorcee with Ginger Rogers, one of his most famous dance partners and co-star in nine films.
Astaire and Rogers were first paired together in the movie Flying Down to Rio. They were cast in supporting roles, with fifth and fourth billing , respectively, but their performance in the "Carioca" number was the highlight of the film,  and RKO Radio Pictures was eager to capitalize on their popularity. Astaire and Rogers made two movies in By , Astaire and Rogers were top box office names. John Mueller has cited Swing Time for possessing "the greatest dancing in the history of the universe.