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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - February 20th
1939: Ginger appeared on the Lux Radio Theatre, in the radio performance “Stage Door”, which also starred Rosalind Russell, Adolph Menjou, and Eve Arden.
1942 (per IMDb, TCM): “Roxie Hart” was released by Twentieth Century-Fox.
1969: Ginger began her role as Mame Dennis in the production of “Mame” at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, England.2015: MoMA screened “Stage Door” as part of its series “Acteurism: Ginger Rogers”.
...REMEMBER - The Antiques Roadshow will be on the following dates: Monday, February 20th, Monday, February 27th, AND Monday, March 27th... ONE of these three shows will have Ms. Roberta Olden getting a piece of Ginger's furniture appraised... so check it OUT!!! (It's a cool show anyway, so...WATCH!) ... On PBS... see local listings for times... AND, I have noticed that the shows may be 'streamed' from the PBS website at any time after they are aired, so... COOL!
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
February 22, 2017 @ 3:45 P.M. Roberta (107 min)
February 24, 2017 @ 2:00 A.M. Shall We Dance (116 min)
February 25, 2017 @ 8:15 A.M. Stage Door (92 min)
February 26, 2017 @ 12:30 A.M. Swing Time (103 min)
February 28, 2017 @ 2:30 A.M. Tom, Dick and Harry (86 min)
February 28, 2017 @ 5:30 A.M. Top Hat (101 min)
Next GingerFilm(s) (on FXM Retro - all times Eastern) - NOTE - the FXM Retro site is kinda 'cryptic' as far as specific times, so please check local listings for 'specific times':
February 17, 2017 @ 11:15 A.M. Monkey Business (96 min)----------------------
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shirley Temple - 1928 - 2014
...the first GingerFilm she appeared in was "Change of Heart" in 1934, at the ripe old age of 6.
The other role is QUITE more substantial, and occurred in the well-made wartime Ginger drama, "I'll Be Seeing You"... Shirley was a seasoned veteran of fifteen in this one.
From Ginger's bio, here's the recollection she had of Miss Temple while on the set of IBSY, and how she influenced the female youth of the day: "This was the second time I had worked with Shirley Temple (the first was Change of Heart), but now she was more grown-up, all of fifteen. Edith Head was the costume designer and she sent the sketches for our costumes. My character, out on furlough from the state penitentiary, had only two costumes...Shirley, on the other hand, had several changes. In one scene she was supposed to wear a skirt and sweater. Dore Schary (the producer) came on the set and asked why Shirley wasn't wearing the sweater he'd okayed. It turned out that Mama Temple didn't want her little girl wearing a sweater in that movie. I'm sure she thought it would delineate her daughter's figure too much. (nice way to put that, Ginger!) Schary convinced Mama, and the next thing I knew Shirley was wearing a sweater. The film was released in late 1944 and immediately, teenagers across the U.S.A. began wearing sweaters."
HERE'S a link to IMDb for Shirley Temple info... some pretty cool stuff here.
a few of the more interesting facts:
Shirley Jones and Shirley MacLaine were each named after Shirley Temple.
Her mother Gertrude Temple turned down the lead role on behalf of Shirley for 'National Velvet'.
Was very active politically, as an Ambassador for the U.S. to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Is in the top 20-30 of virtually all 'best actors/actresses ever' polls.
Was a breast cancer survivor since the early 1970's.
Her second husband of 55 years, Charles Black, admitted after they had dated a bit that he had never seen any of her films.
...a funny, yet telling quote from Shirley when recollecting her monumental status as child star, "I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six; Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph."
And one more trivia which most of y'all probably know, but just in case, as I had forgotten it - again from Ginger's bio: (while filming Roxie Hart at 20th Century-Fox, about 'Roxie's' dressing room): "Actually this dressing room had been built expressly for Fox's biggest little star, Shirley Temple, and it was more like a small house. For years, she had kept that company in business with her films."
A viewing of "I'll Be Seeing You" may be in order sometime over the next few days... in remembrance of a classic film icon.
It is my hope that I can continue to make 'G-ology' interesting and informative regarding the 'Beautiful Science' of VKM, which is SUCH a great topic!!! ...And remember, your comments are what make Gingerology click - so keep cranking them out!
Thanks again, JW