Ari is our host for Today. Here is Fun Monday's question: If you could click your heels three times, and change lives with any character from any film, who would it be and why?
At first, I thought, wow..this is going to be hard. But after I gave it a little thought..this is the first thing that came to mind. If I could change lives with any film character it would be Ginger Rogers. Even though she was in her prime a little before my time, I admire her talent. Ginger and Fred Astaire were a match made in heaven for dancing together. Tap dancing is so much fun to do and watch. Way back when...I took dance lessons and tap was my favorite. I was very good at it, but I quit after a few years and never went back. This has been one of my regrets in life. Who knows where it would have taken me...maybe I would have gone on to be a Rockette and dancing at The Radio City Music Hall.
The announcement of the Astaire-Rogers screen partnership - from the trailer to Flying Down to Rio
Rogers was most famous for her partnership with Fred Astaire. Together, from 1933 to 1939, they made nine musical films at RKO Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), and Carefree (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) and a tenth The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) was made later at MGM, and in so doing, revolutionized the Hollywood musical, introducing dance routines of unprecedented elegance and virtuosity, set to songs specially composed for them by the greatest popular song composers of the day. To this day, "Fred and Ginger" remains an almost automatic reference for any successful dance partnership.