Two 5x3 cards signed by Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899- June 22, 1987) and Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911- April 25, 1995), the iconic dance partners who made motion pictures together from 1933–1949. They made a total of 10 movies, 9 with RKO Radio Pictures and one, The Barkleys of Broadway, with M-G-M, their only color movie. Fred Astaire started dancing in the early 1900s as a child on stage, in Vaudeville, partnering with his older sister, Adelle. He made his first movie in 1933, taking on a small role in the movie Dancing Lady starring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. Ginger Rogers made her first appearance in a 1929 movie short, then made feature movies with Warner Brothers Pictures such as 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933. Astaire and Rogers made their first pairing in a movie in 1933, Flying Down to Rio, in which they had supporting roles; the main star was Dolores Del Rio. In 1934 Astaire and Rogers made the musical movie The Gay Divorcee which co-starred Edward Everett Horton; it was their first joint starring role in a movie; the movie also featured the classic Cole Porter song "Night and Day". The song "The Continental" from the movie was a hit and was also the first song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in the 1934 Academy Awards. By 1936 they were major stars and made five more pictures together before ending the partnership in 1939. Although their relationship was amicable, both wanted to explore new avenues. Rogers was interested in more dramatic roles than those she was offered with Astaire and Fred, who worked with many dancers throughout his career, no longer wanted to be paired with one permanent partner. At the 1941 Academy Awards ceremony, Ginger won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle, and by the mid-1940s she was the highest paid actress in Hollywood, although her career waned post war. Astaire continued to make musicals including "Holiday Inn" (1942) with Bing Crosby, "Sky's The Limit" (1943) with Joan Leslie and "Blue Skies" (1946), his second and last movie with Crosby. He also partnered with numerous other dancers, including Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse and Judy Garland. In 1949, Astaire and Rogers reunited after ten years apart, making their only movie with MGM and their only color movie, The Barkleys of Broadway. During production Astaire received an honorary Academy Award, which was presented to him by Rogers.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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