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.