OBITUARY:Ginger Rogers

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The Independent Online
I failed to mention in my obituary of Ginger Rogers [26 April] that when she came to England to publicise her autobiography Ginger: My Story (1991) her spirit and energy were still much in evidence, writes Tom Vallance. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, she maintained an exhaustive schedule of interviews and public appearances.

The many classic routines she and Astaire performed were too numerous to be fully listed, but it is unfortunate that an elision merged descriptions of numbers in Follow the Fleet and Swing Time. The daring finale of the former's "Let's Face the Music and Dance" had the pair arching their bodies back in a sudden and dramatic gesture as they exit. The brilliant Swing Time includes the dramatic and sombre "Never Gonna Dance" performed on an enormous art-deco set; it is arguably their most emotionally powerful duet.