Ginger Rogers' Century: A Retrospective of Her Life and Career
Ginger Rogers' Century contains letters, memorabilia and documents from the personal collection of this Academy Award-winning American actress. Rogers began singing and dancing as a child and as a teenager performed in a touring Vaudeville act before making her Broadway debut in 1929. She made her first motion picture in 1930 and eventually starred in 73 movies and many shows on stage. Unique childhood photos of Rogers and her family are displayed, as well as photos, contracts and memorabilia from her Vaudeville and early Broadway work.
Rogers greatest fame comes from her ten films made with Fred Astaire and the legendary dance numbers they performed. In addition to representations of poster art from their films Roberta, Follow the Fleet, Swing Time and Shall We Dance, the exhibit features photographs, original scripts, and letters from Fred Astaire. Also on exhibit are the roller skates Rogers wore in the fantastic skating duet with Astaire in Shall We Dance.
An accomplished dramatic actress, Rogers received the 1940 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a Philadelphia woman who becomes torn between two men from different backgrounds in Kitty Foyle. Her Oscar statuette is on display in the exhibit as well as telegrams she received congratulating her win and photographs of her holding the award. The exhibit also features letters from friends and co-stars like Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn as well as letters written by Rogers herself and memorabilia and photographs of Rogers meetings with US Presidents and dignitaries, awards and other items that illustrate the life of an American legend.
All material on exhibit is provided courtesy of Ginger Rogers' longtime assistant and close friend, Roberta Olden.
Located in the Frost Room on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The Exhibit can be viewed Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.