Backwards & in High Heels

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first danced their way across the silver screen as supporting characters in Flying Down to Rio. Over the next seven years, Astaire and Rogers would partner in eight more movies, easily dancing their way into moviegoers’ hearts. After The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle in 1939, Astaire and Rogers went their separate ways, each establishing their own solo careers. Rogers quickly won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Kitty Foyle (1940), then continued on to act opposite stars like Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952). Astaire, on the other hand, continued dancing in movie musicals like Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland, each with enduring universal appeal.

In 1949, Astaire and Rogers collaborated one last time in The Barkleys of Broadway after Judy Garland had to step down. (Incidentally, this was their first and only picture shot in Technicolor.) Over the course of their careers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in only ten films, but they will forever be remembered as the most iconic dancing duo in Hollywood.

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Flickr CC: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers in “Carefree”, 1938 Photo by: Laura Loveday