American actress, singer, and dancer Ginger Rogers is remembered for her lead role in the movie ‘Kitty Foyle’ (1940) for which she won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Actress.’ She has appeared in several box office hits that include ‘Flying Down to Rio’ (1933), ‘The Gay Divorce’ (1934), ‘Top Hat’ (1935), ‘Vivacious Lady’ (1938), ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ (1941), and ‘That’s Entertainment! III’ (1994).
Her role as Amanda Cooper in the classic comedy drama movie ‘Carefree’ (1938) received mixed reviews. Her film career waned during the later part of her life due to her increasing age. She then turned to theatre and musicals like ‘Hello Dolly’ on Broadway.
Rogers appeared in early television shows like ‘Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall’ (1956 – 1965), ‘What’s My Line?’ (1954 – 1966), ‘Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ (1965), and ‘The Love Boat’ (1979). She was featured in the series ‘American Masters’ (2001) where her contribution to the entertainment industry was recognised.
Dreamboat is a 1952 American comedy film which tells the story of a college professor named Thornton Sayre, who is also a former actor. His life gets disrupted when his former co-star Gloria Marlowe, starts to air his old films on television. To put an end to this, he sets out with his daughter to stop it.
The setting of this movie, based on the 1932 classic Grand Hotel, is the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York and the focus is on a group of guest who are staying there during a weekend. Among them are a lone actress and a war correspondent who meet just by chance, a soldier awaiting to undergo a critical surgery and a cub reporter trying to expose a dubious deal.
Broadway star Beatrice Page, who is past her prime, chooses a script about a mother and a teenage daughter, by promising playwright Stanley Krown. But she wants him to rewrite the young girl’s role more befitting her age. When Stanley shows reluctance, she gets her producer ex-husband to convince Stanley. But later, she accepts that she is more suitable for mother’s role.
A rich railroad tycoon is bored with his marriage, since his wife is too busy with parties and has no time for him. Therefore, he starts seeing a showgirl instead. However, the girl’s boyfriend finds out and uses this opportunity to blackmail him.
Radio celebrity Glory Eden is compelled by the sponsors to keep up a vice-free, ‘Purity Girl’ image for their product-marketing. Tired of it, she wants to try out darker side of life. On her press agent’s suggestion, from her fans they select Kentuckian Jim Davey as her ‘Professional Sweetheart.’ But they never expect the fake fiancé to grow into her real love.
Liza Elliot is the editor of a successful magazine, but she is unable to find the man of her dreams. She also suffers from continuous daydreams and headaches, and therefore decides to seek help from a psychiatrist to find out why.
Bored with her life, office girl Teddy goes off to a mountain camp for rest and solitude. On the way, she meets Chick, a law student intending to work as a waiter. Shortly, they fall in love and on their last day at the camp, Chick admits that he cannot marry her immediately, but they can become lovers, an idea that infatuates Teddy.
This Western comedy film takes us back to the late 1800s. It tells the story of two salesladies who decide to stop selling corsets and head to the West, to sell barbed wire to cowboys in Texas. However, they face opposition from big ranchers as they fear that the cattle may be hurt by the steel wires.
Ginger Rogers Awards
|Kitty Foyle||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1941|