On Monday October 24 the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center honored Ginger Rogers by debuting its newest collection of her memorabilia, the “Ginger Rogers Century Exhibition.” The iconic actress, dancer and singer would have turned 100 this year. Academy Award winning actress, Angela Lansbury introduced the collection, citing Ginger Rogers as her single, biggest inspiration.
After Lansbury’s opening remarks, guests were invited to view the archive, which was filled with movie posters, film clips, childhood photos and even Rogers’ Oscar. Following the reception at the Gotlieb Center, guests were invited to a special performance at the Tsai Performance Center featuring vocalist, Karen Oberlin. The performance was narrated by famed film historian, Nick Clooney, who told never-before-heard stories about Rogers’ life. Ms. Oberlin sang songs written especially for Rogers by Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Jerome Kern and many more.
Ginger Rogers, the highest paid actor in Hollywood during the 1940s, is respected for her numerous achievements as a woman in the male-dominated entertainment industry. The archive is located in the Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library 771 Commonwealth Ave. The Exhibit can be viewed Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.