Happy Birthday Virginia Katherine McMath aka Ginger Rogers!
(July 16, 1911 –
April 25, 1995)
“Ginger owes much of her professional longevity to her singular versatility. There are few who can act comedy and drama, as well as sing and dance. Ginger continues to conceive fresh activity and new fields. She is still stagestruck and screenstruck. Further, she retains the nerve of a newcomer, and the courage of a champion. What is a movie star, anyway? Is it magnetism? Well then, what’s magnetism? Or personality, for that matter. The mysterious quality is more than talent. The indefinable has been defined as ‘human warmth’, ‘mass appeal’ and ‘identification’, among other things. Whatever it is, Ginger Rogers had it and has it.” - Garson Kanin
“She was the dance queen of Hollywood … and George Balanchine once remarked that he only came to America because it was a land of girls like Ginger Rogers. Some of the others may have been better dancers; Ginger Rogers was a better star. Only with her did dance in the movie musical become a medium of serious emotion, only with her did Fred Astaire do his very best work, only with her did sophistication suddenly become accessible to all.” – Sheridan Morley
"I don’t think there’s ever been anyone like Ginger, never. She was heaven." - Stanley Donen
Lena Horne, 1940s. Vintage Black Glam Series
—— with Joe Louis, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Happy Birthday Judy Garland!
(June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969)
She was the most loyal person and the greatest entertainer in the world. And the first thing you think of is the great warmth of Judy, the great, giving, little person that she was. Her heart was bigger than all of her put together. She was just one big heart.
josephine baker paris 1920’s
— Pearl Bailey, circa 1940-45.
Gertie Millar by Bassano, c. 1907
Happy Birthday Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013)
She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent…Annette was well-known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace.-Bob Iger
Doris Day, 1953.
“Helen Sugar Kane"the Original-Boop-Boop-a-Doop girl circa 1930
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANCES ETHEL GUMM or JUDY GARLAND | June 10th,1922 - forever
“Nobody ever says how intelligent she was, or how witty. Stories about her are frozen in a pattern, as if she had no life after ‘Over the Rainbow.’ She was the best raconteur, the funniest woman I’ve ever seen. The depth and perception she brought to A Star is Born were extraordinary… I marvel at her sensitivity.” — George Cukor on Judy Garland
Happy Birthday Josephine Baker!
June 3, 1906 - April 12, 1975