They are the most popular dancing team in the world to this day. Fred was a stickler for perfection and performed each swooning step with exactness. Ginger, on the other hand, only had to do the same thing but backwards and in high heels.
They were first teamed in "Flying Down to Rio" (1933) during a depression ridden era. This movie was one of the many films intended to be an escape for the public from the sadness that surrounded them, as the name suggests. It was, however, their dancing that floated across the screen that set the country dreaming. They went on to star in an additional nine other movies, here they are:
|Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)|
|Fred Astaire (1899-1987)|
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Top Hat (1935)
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Swing Time (1936)
Shall We Dance (1937)
The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle (1939)
The Barkley's of Broadway (1949)
Both of them were successful independently in more than just dancing, but their names together was a household combination. My favorite film of theirs was the true story of Vernon and Irene Castle. It helped me discover how love for another can also be expressed through dancing.