Vivian Talks Ginger Rogers: Chapter 8
Lew would divorce his first wife Lola at the beginning of while continuing Newly divorced from Ginger Rogers in , Ayres stayed busy .. I know that Ginger Rogers was married five times, and probably her relationship with her . guiadeayuntamientos.info | Your Guide to Pre-Code Hollywood, to I am curious about Lew's early life and career. replies to my questions regarding Ayers C.O. status and marriage to Ginger Rogers. You've. The relationship between Lily and Alex needed added depth with more screen gone to prison for his misdeed while his wife mends her ways and silently waits for him. .. Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres were married on November 14,
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Lew Ayres – A Brief Biography of the Dr. Kildare Star
You don't ever say anything negative about Errol, or his fans will have your head, can you blame them? Just as devout is the loyalty that fans have for Ginger Rogers. The number of fansites, web pages, tributes, blogs, and continuing discussions about this woman are astounding. Of course, I had come across Ginger in my ambles through the past-- how could ya' not? But until the past month or so, I failed to completely understand her power.
Thus, I decided to really dig into her life and work. And yes, I have been converted. Ginger with mother Lela aka "Leelee.
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The tight relationship she had with her mother is often interpreted in various references as odd or unnatural. Well, shame on me. It's "Astaire and Rogers," not the other way around. Fred has been remembered as the genius and Ginger his muse. But that all came later. Early on, Ginger wasn't too interested in performing, but she had a natural knack for dancing and loved music as well-- she often played the ukulele.
After being encouraged by friends to enter a "Charleston" competition, the untrained young girl blew the panel away and took the trophy.
The taste of victory and the thrill of performing were thereafter chronically flowing through her veins. She and Lela started traveling around on the vaudeville circuit, performing with the likes of Ed Lowry and Paul Ash.
It wasn't long before Hollywood came calling for a screen test. It caused a sensation. Fred and Ginger do "fun and fancy free" in Swing Time. For this reason, she was ecstatic when she got to work with directors like George Stevens on Swing Time and was encouraged to stake her claim and indulge in her own talents.
Of course, Ginger didn't really need help with that; it was just nice to have someone fighting on her side. One of the many things that can be said about Ginger is that she was brimming with creativity.
Whereas Fred was more the perfectionist, Ginger always gave their routines a little extra spice, and many of her suggestions were implemented into various dances. It was her idea that Fred swing her repeatedly over the tables in the "Yam" sequence of Carefree. The "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basked" routine of Follow the Fleet, one of the funniest ever filmedwas too her concept-- her character gets stuck in a step and keeps repeating it ad nauseum.
When Fred was insecure about a scene or one of her ideas, Ginger would talk him into it. And she was tough. Fred would remark that Ginger was the only partner he had who never cried Ginger in her notorious ostrich feathered dress and Fred do "romance" in Top Hat, one of the most famous dance sequences ever filmed.
And they got along, which is something both had to protest through the years. The fact was, they were two separate people, and didn't want to be forever joined. Their desires to work on other projects and further their individual careers suggested to many that they hated each other, but this was simply the product of mutual, respectful ambitions.
The results were mutually successful. Jean Harlow plays the heart breaker of course. Lew also played a college football hero in "The Spirit of Notre Dame" that year as well as in two other dramas. He would also find love off of the set inmarrying Lola Lane. Interestingly the film was directed by the great horror film director, James Whales. Lew's final film of was his biggest hit that year "Okay, America! Lew would divorce his first wife Lola at the beginning of while continuing to hold on to his leading man status.
Even though he doesn't have the best of luck in the film he fell in love with his beautiful co-star, marrying Ginger the following year. Even though Lew starred in four pictures during the only two that stand out to me are the comedy drama "She Learned About Sailors" which he co-starred with Alice Faye then "Servants Entrance"a successful comedy which co-starred Janet Gaynor.
The film was unique in that it featured live action combined with Walt Disney animation.
My Love Of Old Hollywood: Lew Ayres ()
The two most notable pictures he appeared in during this time were "Lady Be Careful"a comedy musical that co-starred the adorable Mary Carisle and the salty Buster Crabbe. Next would be "Young Dr.
Kildare" with Ayres playing the lead and the character in which he would be most known for. The first film starred Lionel Barrymore and would lead to Lew reprising his role in seven other feature films over the next five years. A film where we are to believe the two main characters are a successful ice skating couple.Lew Ayres
Stay tuned for more on this film at a later date. Lew followed it up with another musical, "Broadway Serenade" co-starring Jeannette MacDonald, a not so memorable picture. He also turned out two more Dr.
The Silver Screen Oasis
Kildare pictures that year, "Calling Dr. I really enjoyed Barrymore in this role but then again I feel he was one of the great character actors who took any part and made it brilliant. Kildare series with his co-stars Barrymore and Larraine Day.
I can't think of any film series today where a character could appear in three films a year that would draw such box office success but in the early 's the studio was drawing an audience to see Lew in his most famous role.
Kildare" in "Young Dr. He would appear in another film-noir thriller "The Dark Mirror" opposite Olivia de Havilland four years later which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
He served with distinction in the Pacific theater and in New Guinea. A great script which would be remade in as "Unfaithful" starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere as the couple caught up in the murder of the wifes lover.
Both versions are a must see.