I remember her on tv.
She was great.
One of my favorite quotes: “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards and in high heels”. My two daughters have heard me speak it on a few occasions.
She signed three books for me (all three were Christmas presents) and she personalized each one. She got a genuine kick out of the people buying multiple copies (I wasn't alone -- and my three was on the low side!).
Two amusing things:
I have that friendly approachable face, so I seemed to be the one passersby came up to to ask what the line was for. I told one teenager and he looked at me with his mouth wide open and said, "No. Way!" (Yes, I replied with "Way" -- he didn't seem to react to that.) He turned to his friend and said, 'Did you ever hear of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? She's in there!" (The friend seemed a little confused).
Second, while waiting on line, a limo pulled up and Rosemary Clooney got out. Had this been a sit-com, someone would've shouted, "Hey! No cuts!" but that didn't happen.
I was just watching, Flying down to Rio today. Love her.
One of my faves:
And she doesn’t even dance here! This is before the hayes office...
Here she is singing at age 19.
(with dark hair)
I thought she was dead.
[singing] we’re in the money, we’re in the money...