Ginger’s Taste

As you probably already know I adore Ginger Rogers. Always have.  Always will.  On this blog I’ve shared a snapshot of her life story (A Taste of Ginger) as well as this clip of one of Ginger and Fred’s most creative dance numbers.  She was beautiful, charming, talented AND… had a very funky fashion sense.  Of course we’ve all had our moments- highly questionable outfits we’d rather forget.  Ugh and bleh.  Ginge definitely thought outside the box and wasn’t afraid take risks.  And so with the kindest regard and utmost respect here are a few of her illustrious fashion high points as well as a few delicious lows.

The Good

Such a cute sailor outfit.  (But oh, poor Lucy)

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Must be in the running for most adorable picture ever.

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So sexy

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I love this sweater.

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And THE iconic feather dress.

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The Bad

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Attack of the crabs?.

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Picnic anyone?

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And The Ugly

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Plus One Large Kerfuffle

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Believe it or not this dress raised a lot of eyebrows at the 1940 Academy Awards (Ginger won Best Actress for Kitty Foyle).  The lacy lingerie look was quite racy… not to mention the low neckline.  My, how far we’ve come.

And Just One More…

Yep.

Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.
Ginger Rogers Wearing Coin Cape Costume from the Film Gold Diggers of 1933.

Love You Ginge!

Elegant Ginger

Cheers!

 

 

Click here to read another blogger’s ode to the little known but delightful Vivacious Lady.

Click here to read about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers iconic collaborations.

The 9 Most Historically Inaccurate Classic Movies I Own

Hi guys!

If you’ve ever checked out my page you can probably tell that I LOVE lists.  You may not know that I’m also working toward becoming a history teacher.  A history list.  Perfect.  What prompted this post in particular though isn’t so happy…  I’m sad to say it was the new Ben-Hur.  Groan…  Disappointed sigh…  Let’s just say I gasped aloud more than once at the historical inaccuracies this 100 million dollar budget blockbuster brought before my eyes on the massive silver screen I wasted 3 hours of my life staring at. Phew.  Can anyone say Jewish woman with bare forearms, bare headed, wearing capris, and riding astride a horse?  @#^$%  I have some ‘beloved epic that was mangled’ aggression I need to get out… So “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

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9) Desperate Journey

Did you know that all Nazi’s were either pigs, slack jawed idiots, or sadistic maniacs?  On the other hand, American’s, especially Ronald Reagan, are always brave, resourceful, intelligent, and just overall swell guys.

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–the superman view of American soldiers.  Thumbs down.

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8) Calamity Jane

I think this film is pretty accurate.  I mean there was a woman nicknamed Calamity Jane who dressed like a guy, rode a horse, and shot guns.  Sadly any similarity to historical fact ends there.  But I definitely give it some slack since it’s a Doris Day MUSICAL… and I LOVE it.

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7) Blossoms in the Dust

Based on the real-life story of Edna Gladney who’s life work it was to remove the stigma of “illegitimacy”  from children’s birth certificates.  You go girl!  They got the absolute basics right but very little of the rest in actually Edna’s story.

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6) Till the Clouds Roll By

Let’s see… Variety began its review  of the film: “Why quibble about the story?”  I think that may be telling us something.  This is a super fictionalized composer biopic with great songs of course… But. Just. Not. Kern’s. Life.  When originally approached by MGM about filming his life story Kern told the top brass that his life has been so boring that it’d be nearly impossible to make an interesting movie out of it.  So the writers just decided to make up most of the key characters and add in all kinds of non-existent crisis scenarios.

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5) Night and Day

Another super fictionalized composer biopic, this time the victim is the brilliant Cole Porter.  However, this go round the studio had the exact opposite problem as with Kern.  Cole Porter’s life had been far too spicy.  No mention could be made of his alcohol and drug abuse, risqué wit, and certainly not the fact that he was gay.  Heavens to Betsy.

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4) Davy Crocket, King of the Wild Frontier

Mostly awesome crazy legends wrapped around little kernels of fact.

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3) The Adventures of Robin Hood

Everyone is always so dang clean.  Plus contemporary scholars have failed to come up with concrete evidence there ever was such a man.  Sorry Errol and Olivia.  You’re still the cutest couple ever!

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2) The Story of Seabiscuit

This telling of the exciting life of Seabiscuit, the world famous racehorse, takes GREAT liberty with history.  Fast and loose in fact.  Most of the characters, supposedly so involved with Seabiscuit, including the lead roles of Margaret and Ted, have no basis in reality.  Just save the time and read Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit: An American Legend.  Excellent.  Even though I love Shirley Temple I’d honestly rather get a sunburn that watch this film.

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1) They Died With Their Boots On

This is a highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer, ‘passionate defender of the Indian’. !?!?   Highly Romantized.  I mean it’s Errol Flynn for crying out loud!  Of course Custer’s a hero?!  Come on!  On the other hand military analysts and historians have cast doubt on his decision making and heroism.  Don’t get me started on the portrayal of Native Americans.  “Crazy Horse war chief Sioux. My people want make peace.”  Ugh!  Warner Brothers speak with forked tongue!

 

Thank for visiting.  I feel much better. : )

 

Click here to read about the history of the Hollywood star machine.

Click here for a review of Ben-Hur.