Crozzled state of mind.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ginger's shoe size

Wow didn't think I was going to post again. But I had been meaning to post this since last Christmas...

When I was invited by Sid Grauman to place my hand and footprints in the forecourt of his beautiful Chinese Theatre on September 5, 1939, I couldn't have been more thrilled. I had just returned from a much needed vacation in Hawaii about three weeks before, and was finishing up some retakes at the studio.
I thought about how my prints would look in cement, for all time!--and wanted them to be smaller if I could manage it. I could do nothing about the size of my hands, but my footprints--those I could make smaller. My shoe size was about 5-1/2 and my mother Lela has a smaller size shoe than I: 4-1/2. So, I borrowed a pair of my mother's shoes and slipped my toes into them and stepped into the cement and made my prints!
I sure was glad when I could take off the "cement shoes" and put on my regular walking shoes again.

--Ginger Rogers

So I'm too lazy to write out the whole source info, but here's the ISBN# for the book: 0-938817-28-0


SassyGinger said...

Stories like that are reasons I love her! I recently discovered my pics I took there back in 2000. Took pics of Fred's prints but not Ginger's! How could I do that! And if Im not mistaken arent they next to eachother? ARRGH!

Fioraon said...

HA HA HA!! I'm sure that's what she told Lela. In reality probably what happened is that she didn't want to ruin a good pair of shoes in the cement so she used this story to talk her mother into giving her a pair. :P

Lexie said...

Glad to see you back Lauren! That story is pretty funny. Ginger is adorable in that sense. I suppose when you put your feet in something as permanent as that, you want to seem as petite and small as possible. I would imagine it being pretty uncomfortable though.

angela said...

hey ladies.....i am watching 'flying down to rio', & if ginger's shoe size is 5.5, i'll lick 'em clean! she is wearing at least a 9..... i mean it, angela