Ginger Rogers' Century: A Retrospective of Her Life and Career


Ginger Rogers' Century contained 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. 

Rogers greatest fame came 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 featured 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.

All material exhibited was provided courtesy of Ginger Rogers' longtime assistant and close friend, Roberta Olden.

This exhibition is no longer on view.

Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers