Ginger: My Story

Ginger: My Story

by Ginger Rogers


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She was born Virginia Katherine McMath, but the world would come to know her—and love her—as Ginger Rogers: Broadway star, Academy Award-winning actress, and the ultimate on-screen dancing partner of the inimitable Fred Astaire. In Ginger: My Story, the legendary entertainer shares the triumphs of a remarkable career that began when she won a Texas dancing contest at age fourteen; the joys and heartbreaks of her five marriages; her relationships with some of Hollywood's major leading men, including Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and damaged daredevil billionaire Howard Hughes; and the strength of her religious convictions that got her through thick and thin.

Lavishly illustrated with rare photographs from the author's personal collection, Ginger is an enthralling, behind-the-scenes tour of Hollywood life during the Golden Age of movies by one of its most enduring stars.

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ISBN-13: 9780061564703
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 152,773
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.26(d)

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Riccardo More than 1 year ago
At first, I was surprised that I found this book absorbing....but, being busy, I put it down for awhile....and anyway, I rarely read woman's autobiographies. I already knew that Ginger Rogers was a musical comedy star and actress whose greatest years were the 1930s and the 1940s. But, quite by serendipitous circumstance, after seeing her timeless films with Fred Astaire...and a few of her individual films like "The Major and the Minor", "Stage Door", "Vivacious Lady", and her Oscar winning performance in "Kitty Foyle", I picked the book up again. She was not just a star, but a major star and acting talent of Hollywood's Golden Age....and Fred's greatest dancing partner, bar none. This woman had, what Mark Twain called "sand"....Fred's three word description of her was: "She had guts.". She enjoyed one of the longest careers of any diva in Hollywood, and her autobiography captures her strong and joyful spirit. I would have liked to have met her...and dated her. She admits, quite frankly, of a combination of down-to-earth, hard-nosed, and hard-working, pragmatic nature; with plenty of self depreciating humor (She was a first level comedienne); all combined with a decidedly romantic bent. She was one of a kind...and continued to make contributions when other stars faded. And, when her career did it did for all actresses....she just "picked herself up, brushed herself off, and started all over again."! It's a great read, full of her own sense of fun and humor, that offers insight not only into her own life; mixed with a few jabs at her critics; but also highlighting the wonderful times she enjoyed, in lively early Hollywood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just wish ginger rogers wrote her autobiography before she became a mild person. i always imagined that ginger rogers was a very fiery person. in this book she told only the charming side of her life and downplayed her sad parts. i think including more of both would make the autobiography seem more true. ginger rogers is a very classy lady, she does not use her autobiography to tell the dirt on other stars. katherine hepburn sure is a weird actress and the sentimental side of me wish she got more involve with cary grant. how wonderful would that be? ginger rogers, i think, was underappreciated. she is just radiant as a person and as an actress, both drama and comedy.
Doowap More than 1 year ago
I found out about Ginger Rogers through Fred Astaire in "Shall We Dance" and I have been addicted to her since then.Fred as well.I wanted to read about Ginger because of her talent in comedy and drama as well as music and dance.I started reading the book on Friday and couldnt put it down.I adored how she payed attention to detail.She didnt diminish any other artist and she stuck up for herself when she felt the need to come out of her lady shell.Lessons learned and chances missed.I love this book.Although I was a little hurt because she didnt mention how she felt about Astaire passing in 87, when she wrote the book in 91. I cried a lil but glad to be able to read and enjoy such an addictive, contagious for laughter and loving and Woman of God person.I love her.
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American-Betty More than 1 year ago
It was a well written book and it gives a history lesson into Hollywood. It makes you feel like you were really there. It is long, a little over 500 pages. Over all a good read.
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JudiKO More than 1 year ago
This book was very disappointing. Ginger Rogers tells only what she "did", and not "why." She gives no insight to her personality, and just details of her actions. I have no idea why her marriages broke up, or how she felt about much except for her views on her religion. If you want to be bored, read this thick book and yawm.