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Ginger Rogers

Artist
Isamu Noguchi, 17 Nov 1904 - 30 Dec 1988
Sitter
Ginger Rogers, 16 Jul 1911 - 25 Apr 1995
Date
1942
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Pink Georgia marble
Dimensions
With Base: 50.8 x 18.7 x 26.7cm (20 x 7 3/8 x 10 1/2")
Without Base: 37.5 x 18.7 x 26.7cm (14 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 10 1/2")
Base: 13.3 x 18.7 x 20.3cm (5 1/4 x 7 3/8 x 8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution Conserved with funds from the Smithsonian Women's Committee
Restrictions & Rights
© Estate of Isamu Noguchi / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Object number
NPG.96.103
Exhibition Label
Born Independence, Missouri
Ginger Rogers won the Texas State Charleston Championship at age fourteen and then embarked on the vaudeville circuit, chaperoned by her mother. By 1930 she had become a Broadway star in the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy. Hollywood then beckoned, and Rogers partnered in ten films with Fred Astaire, bringing a silvery glamour to Depression-era America in such movies as Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, and Shall We Dance. Other films included Stage Door, with Katharine Hepburn, and Kitty Foyle, for which she received a Best Actress Oscar in 1940. Her friend Isamu Noguchi worked on this sculpture while interned at a wartime camp for Japanese Americans.
Provenance
The Ginger Rogers Trust; purchased NPG 1996
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Bravo!
On View
NPG, South Gallery 321 Mezzanine
Place
United States\Arizona