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Ginger: My Story

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  718 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
As the exquisite film partner of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers danced her way into the hearts of millions of Americans, becoming one of Hollywood's most enduring legends. Ginger is at once a heartwarming personal memoir and an inside look at the heyday of Hollywood. More than 30 photographs.
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1991)
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Emily
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This book combines two things I've long been fascinated with - biographies and movie stars. One of my favorite things as a youth was to randomly wander the biography aisle at the library looking for new and interesting people to read about. Even today I often gravitate towards the biography sections in the bookstores. I found a sad thing though as I grew up. Biographies were no longer guaranteed to be wholesome and compelling. I started to realize that many people's lives weren't as "clean" as c ...more
Grace
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel sort of odd giving a review of someone's autobiography. It was this woman's life, so how could I possibly critique what happened? I can, however, critique the actual writing, since Ginger wrote this book herself (no ghost writer, no "as told to" credits).

I've always loved Ginger Rogers in her most famous role as Fred Astaire's dance partner, but I wanted to know more about the woman behind the dances. She was a hard-working woman (73 movies made) and thoroughly enjoyed her life. Her writi
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Mark
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
The book is an easy read, and of course Miss Rogers tale as told by herself is of course fascinating enough.
SHe was there at the beginning of the speaking movies and became a star because of her skill and not because she was simply a part of the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film. She is quite sure about mentioning this in the book that she made 73 movies of which the 14 with Astaire are part.
She leaves the image that while she was looking for love she was quite aware of what she wanted and w
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Donna
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Like so many others, I adore the Rogers/ Astaire films and the era of the musical. I enjoyed this book, but was left wishing she had been a little more in-depth about the films and actors, with more detail about her career. Rogers comes across as an intelligent woman, but a lot of the book is fluff, and far too much detail and feelings about what dress she wore for each picture rather than the actual filming and legacy she created.

I would recommend this book, but it left me wishing for more. She
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Christina
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginger Rogers is one of the greatest screen legends. her autobiography was one of the best books i have ever read. she tells each story of how she became the actress she was with such care and love. of course the best parts of the book are when Ginger talks about her movies with Fred Astaire (there's a reason the cover picture is her from the "Pick Yourself Up" dance from "Swing Time"). it is refreshing to read about a woman who's only really craziness (if you want to call it that) was marrying ...more
Bkwormmegs
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of my guilty pleasures is reading the memoirs and biographies of old Hollywood stars - yes TCM is my favorite tv station. I looked forward to reading this, as I love the old Fred & Ginger movies and I think Ginger Rogers was a brilliant dancer. But really there is no need to read this book. I can't remember who said "an unexamined life isn't worth living" but whoever did say it, Ginger Rogers clearly did not believe it. The book is a light overview of her life, no regrets, no difficult e ...more
Tina
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ginger Rogers is a star of the highest shelf of classic cinema, and many of her fabulous films, in & out of her legendary pairing with Fred Astaire, have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, this book demonstrates (as with many a "Hollywood bio") that with a good and careful editor, Ms. Rogers's memories of a great life lived, & long and fruitful career could have been better put in memoir form. Rather than having her come off as some sort of religious nut (Ms. Rogers was known to be a ...more
Lynda Felder
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a long book filled with lots of detail and not a book I would have been drawn to if I hadn't just finished reading all three of The Hunger Games trilogy. I was feeling spent and depressed and found the bubbly parts of this book soothing. There was quite a bit of information about Christian Science, and these parts were easy to read, not dogmatic. Rogers seems to have sped up to get through the last ten years of her life -- we learned in excruciating detail about gowns and husbands during ...more
Tara
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I could barely put this book down. For such a private woman, Ginger was remarkably candid and generous with her stories. This book is very rich in detail and perspective. The only distracting parts to me were her admittedly brief musings on her very conservative politics. Faith is mentioned quite often in this book, and even though I am not religious at all, I didn't find these recollections pushy. Her religion worked for her, and it helped her live a happy and successful life. A great book that ...more
Nancy Loe
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I have a weakness for autobiographies of classic American film stars. Myrna Loy's is probably the best I've read, but Ginger's is very entertaining. I got her to sign my copy in a brawl at Grauman's Chinese.

Re-read this recently and came away with the feeling that being an A-list star in Hollywood was very cruel to women. I don't get a lot of happiness in her life and of course she could never admit how in thrall she was to her mother. Sad.
Melanie
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had been wanting to read it for a long time and I am so glad that I finally did. I really enjoyed reading about what it was like for her in show business back then and what a hard worker she was. I've always enjoyed her movies. What makes it fun reading this book now is that with Youtube - as you are reading - you can look up each dance that she talks about and clips of the actors that she talks about it.



Gia
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved learning about Ginger Rogers in her own words. Fascinating relationship with her mother. I was pretty interested in her religion. That was surprising to me for some reason. I found her writing very humorous, and not as self- serving or narcissistic as I'd expected from such a fabulous and very famous figure. Overall, I liked her!
Christopher Newton
I liked the first half as Ginger is making her way from 14 year old Charleston contest winner through the Astaire/Rogers film cycle, but after that, reading about a star in mid-career making film after film that have mostly been forgotten -- can get a bit tedious, at least for me. So I quit - there are too many good books out there and I got what I needed.
Anna Ryan
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Before I started reading Ginger Rogers' autobiography, I didn't really know much about her.
However, I am glad I decided to read this book :)
It is one of the best autobiographies I have read so far.
I am now a fan of Ginger Rogers! :D
Allyson
Mar 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book for the most part. There was a lot of "I am ginger rogers and i am so wonderful" and about her christian science beliefs. There was point when i lost interest, when her movie career was over it just got dull and less about her career. But an interesting read just the same.
Gillian Kelly
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiographies
The best autobiography I've ever read, from my favourite actress.
Deborah Francisca
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have two copies, one is signed by Ginger, I met her several years before she passed away! She had the most beautiful crystalline blue eyes I ever seen!
Melanie
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I can't get enough of classic Hollywood and this is an entertaining book.
Ladan F
Aug 18, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I love Ginger Rogers and I enjoyed learning bout this wonderful actress.
Rebecca
I love her upbeat spirit. Of course I had to go and get the four movie pack from Target of Ginger and Fred :D
Elona
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read about the life of Ginger Rogers.
Cassie
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have grown up watching so many of Ginger Roger's movies and reading ALL of her personal accounts of the drama and fun that went on during the making of these movies made these movies come to life in an extra special way. Plus, this lovely lady's life was way more than just the movies on screen.
Terri
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ginger Rogers was an Academy-Award winning actress best known for dancing through the Great Depression with Fred Astaire on the big screen. However, there is a lot more to this glamorous Hollywood star than just the roles she played in movies. Virginia Katherine McMath had an exciting childhood from the day she was born.

Because this book is an autobiography, it is important to point out that this is Ginger's story, so from the introduction she makes it clear how this journey is going to go. Fir
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Chantel
Ginger: My Story (Audio Cassette)
Author: Ginger Rogers

Read by Ginger Rogers. I loved the memoirs and enjoyed the stories. The only thing that threw it off was that Ginger Rogers read the book and her ancient, gravely voice detracted from the first person retellings from her childhood. I thought it was neat that she read it but when she was telling the story with her young perspective, I found that I yearned for the voice to sound the age that she was telling the story of. For example, she tells
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Anastasia
I almost stopped reading this after the first few chapters. I'm not entirely sure I'm happy about finishing it, mostly for two complaints: 1) She talks about Christian Science (the religion, this is not Scientology) a LOT. While I won't begrudge Ms Rogers her obvious faith, it comes off a bit obsessive and proselytizing. 2) In total, the book read like a filmography with a heavy focus on what dresses she wore. Of course, with her being an actress, I expect a lot of talk about movies, but there w ...more
Wild for Wilde
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am almost done with this book and have been enjoying it a great deal, but she doesn't get as personal and in depth as I was hoping. It reads like a light summary that glazes over her life but does not go into much depth about the emotions she experienced in situations. I am a huge Ginger Rogers fan and admire her a great deal for being one of the most hardworking and talented women in Hollywood despite many peoples' attempts to inhibit her career but I have to agree with the other reviewer who ...more
B
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Ginger Rogers fans
Shelves: favorites
Ginger Rogers has been a favorite lady of mine from old Hollywood era since I first saw her with Fred Astaire. Seeing a beautiful, hilarious, energetic, lively, dancing woman like her was like a breath of fresh air for someone who never really had a female role model. Never thought I needed one... until Ginger.

Her life stories were fascinating. Her way of telling them is even more attractive. Sure, she didn't get into much details about this and that, but she told enough to represent the kind of
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Dawn
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel kind of bad giving this just three stars, given what an amazing woman Ginger Rogers was. However, it followed a pattern of what project she was working on, a list of her co-workers, some anecdotes, and intricate details of her clothes. Repeat this over the course of Ms. Rogers' life (with a heavy handful of Christian Science thrown in), and you've got this book.

Ms. Rogers made it clear from the beginning that she wouldn't be writing a gossipy book, but a little more about her as a person
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Zoe Krainik
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Before reading this autobiography, I loved Ginger Rogers. I still love her in films, but I came away from this very disillusioned about the real Ginger. It wasn't a terrible autobiography, but it seemed like a lot was hidden. Every good idea anyone had on a set Ginger credited to herself. While it was or was not her idea is not as much the issue as it was the inevitability of it. After reading for the 8th time the scenario where the cast & crew were stuck on some issue or another, it became ...more
Jenni
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bios
This is the first Autobiography that i've read and I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Her personality comes through in virtually every sentence,and she tries to have a positive outlook on everything she talks about. I also enjoyed the pacing, from the biographies that i've read once the height of someone's career is done the author hurries through the rest of the book and Ginger doesn't do that making the book more enjoyable. Like most biographies I wish we could get more details o ...more
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