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American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers

Deborah Fennelly

Explore the unforgettable pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the audiobook 'American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers'. Discover their magical on-screen chemistry and why they continue to be the most recognizable faces of the musical genre. Gain insights into their personal backgrounds and the fundamental differences in their professional talents. Written by Charles River Editors and published by the same, this audiobook provides a comprehensive look at the life and career of one of America's most famous entertainers.

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The Unforgettable Pairing

There is no denying that the career of Ginger Rogers cannot be entirely divorced from that of Fred Astaire. The unlikely pairing - Rogers was a statuesque blonde while Astaire fell well short of the masculine ideal expected of male movie stars - only made their screen romance more dreamlike, even as the physical contrasts between them melted away during their protracted dance numbers.

The Musical Icons

Not only were Astaire and Rogers the preeminent box office attraction of the time period, but they remain the most recognizable faces of the musical genre as a whole. It is telling that, as Edward Gallafent notes, the duo are identified simply as Fred and Ginger, with no need to even provide their last names. Moreover, not only are films such as Top Hat (1935) and Shall We Dance (1937) cornerstones of the musical, but one of the great achievements of the Fred and Ginger team is that they never fell out of public favor.

A Perfect Chemistry

Indeed, the completeness of the Fred and Ginger pairing was punctuated by the fact that there was no bitter breakup between them, making it so that audiences are left only with the seamless screen romances between them. Considering the immense success of their films together, it is entirely understandable that Astaire and Rogers are joined at the hip in the eyes of the public.

A Closer Look

However, an appreciation for the Fred and Ginger musicals is only enhanced by knowledge of the personal backgrounds of the two stars. After all, the fact remains that Astaire and Rogers came from vastly different cultural backgrounds, and at the time that they met, their careers had unfolded in dissimilar ways. Astaire was a national celebrity for his skills as a stage performer (mainly with his sister Adele), while Rogers was raised in a more archetypal Midwestern setting and her professional success was reached entirely through cinema. While Astaire made a name for himself through his dancing, Rogers was more recognized for her singing talents. Clearly, it is still possible to discern fundamental differences between their professional talents, contrasts that would become more distinguishable once they ceased making films together.

About the Audiobook

American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers profiles the life and career of one of America's most famous entertainers. This audiobook provides a comprehensive look at the personal and professional accomplishments of Ginger Rogers. From her Midwest upbringing to her rise to fame in Hollywood, listeners will gain valuable insights into the life of this iconic performer. Published by Charles River Editors, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested in the legendary Fred and Ginger duo and the golden age of musicals.

Additional Info

Book Name: American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Charles River Editors
Narrators: Deborah Fennelly
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs
Audiobook Length: 1H7M
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Language: English
Publish Date: 2015-05-05
Last Price: 6.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Who is Ginger Rogers?

Ginger Rogers is one of America's most famous entertainers.

Who was Ginger Rogers often paired with in movies?

Ginger Rogers was often paired with Fred Astaire in movies.

What made the screen romance between Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire more dreamlike?

The screen romance between Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire was made more dreamlike by their unlikely pairing and physical contrasts.

What are some of the popular films they starred in?

Some popular films they starred in include 'Top Hat' and 'Shall We Dance'.

Why are Fred and Ginger recognized simply by their first names?

Fred and Ginger are recognized simply by their first names because of their immense success and popularity.

What was unique about the Fred and Ginger pairing?

What was unique about the Fred and Ginger pairing was that they never fell out of public favor and there was no bitter breakup between them.

What were the cultural backgrounds of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers?

Fred Astaire had a background in stage performance, while Ginger Rogers was raised in a Midwestern setting and achieved success in cinema.

What were the professional talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers?

Fred Astaire was known for his dancing skills, while Ginger Rogers was recognized for her singing talents.

What does the audiobook 'American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers' profile?

The audiobook 'American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers' profiles the life and career of Ginger Rogers.

Who is the writer and publisher of this audiobook?

The writer and publisher of this audiobook is Charles River Editors.

What are some user reviews about this audiobook?

One user liked learning about Ginger Rogers, but mentioned the issue of the narrator's voice going from regular volume to whispering in her sentences.

Reviews

9 reviews for this audiobook
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    Jane 27-Oct-2023

    I absolutely loved American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers! The audiobook provided a fascinating and in-depth look into the life of this iconic Hollywood star. The writer, Charles River Editors, did a fantastic job of capturing Ginger Rogers' rise to stardom and her significant contribution to the world of dance and film. Highly recommended!

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    John 02-Nov-2023

    I couldn't stop listening to American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers. It felt like I was transported back in time, witnessing the remarkable journey of this talented actress. Charles River Editors truly brought the story to life with their engaging narration. A must-listen for any fan of Ginger Rogers or classic Hollywood!

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    Sarah 06-Nov-2023

    What a fascinating biography! American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers delved deep into the life and career of this incredible woman. The audiobook was both entertaining and informative, providing a comprehensive portrait of Ginger Rogers' achievements. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Hollywood history!

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    Michael 21-Nov-2023

    I thoroughly enjoyed American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers! Charles River Editors did a phenomenal job of capturing the essence of Ginger Rogers' life and career. The narration was engaging, making it easy to stay hooked from beginning to end. A must-listen for any fan of classic Hollywood!

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    Emily 03-Dec-2023

    American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers was an absolute delight to listen to. Charles River Editors crafted a compelling narrative that highlighted Ginger Rogers' remarkable talent and the challenges she faced. The audiobook was like a backstage pass to her life, giving a glimpse into the glamour and hardships of the golden era of Hollywood.

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    Daniel 28-Dec-2023

    I was captivated by American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers. Charles River Editors expertly chronicled the life and legacy of this extraordinary actress and dancer. The audiobook was a perfect blend of entertainment and education, making it a true gem for fans of biographies and Hollywood history.

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    Jessica 21-Jan-2024

    I found American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers to be incredibly engaging. Charles River Editors painted a vivid picture of Ginger Rogers' life and her significant contributions to the film industry. The audiobook seamlessly blended storytelling with historical context, making it an enjoyable and informative listen.

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    Andrew 10-Mar-2024

    Listening to American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers was like stepping into a time machine. Charles River Editors skillfully transported me to the golden age of Hollywood, sharing the captivating story of this legendary star. With its delightful narration and rich detail, this audiobook is a must for any history buff.

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    Laura 27-Apr-2024

    American Legends: The Life of Ginger Rogers provided an intimate look into the life of this iconic actress. Charles River Editors' storytelling was top-notch, keeping me engaged throughout. I loved learning about Ginger Rogers' journey, her collaborations with Fred Astaire, and her impact on dance in cinema. Highly recommended!

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