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“Ginger Rogers” Dances Her Way to Mrs. Gould’s Mansion at GCU for Tea

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 30, 2011— Join “Edith Kingdon Gould,” wife of George Jay Gould, original owner of the Georgian Court estate, for a tea luncheon with one of the most famous dancers in film history—“Ginger Rogers.” This unique interactive theatrical performance and elegant tea party, which brings to life figures from the past, is produced by St. George Productions of Medford, New York, as part of Georgian Court University’s “Biographies from The Court” series.

Rogers, whom many will remember from 10 unforgettable films in which she was paired with the equally talented Fred Astaire, danced in moviegoers’ hearts beginning in 1930. During her visit with Mrs. Gould, you’ll learn that Rogers, once the highest-paid female performer in Hollywood, was immensely dedicated to her family and to equality for women in the entertainment industry.

Available 11:30 a.m. performances (Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays) are on September 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, and October 1, 6, and 15. Available 3:00 p.m. Sunday performances are on September 11, 18, 25 and October 2 and 9. Performances will take place in the Mansion on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance; please plan your arrival accordingly.

The cost is $42 per person and includes the performance and tea luncheon. For groups of 20 or more, discount pricing is available. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling 732.987.2263 or e-mailing

Born on July 16, 1911, Virginia “Ginger” Katherine McMath of Independence, Missouri, began performing on stage at the age of 10. Taking her stepfather’s last name, she started on the road to stardom at 14 after taking first place in the Texas State Charleston Championship. Still a teenager, Rogers began on Broadway in the 1929 play Top Speed, during which time she also began filming movies at Paramount’s Astoria, Long Island, studio. Her first film, Young Man of Manhattan (1930), starred Claudette Colbert and featured Rogers as a 16-year-old flapper. Her line “Cigarette me, big boy,” became well-known in American vocabulary.

In her 20th film, RKO Radio Studios’ Flying Down to Rio (1933), she was matched with Fred Astaire, creating film history as they became the most famous dance team ever, starring in 9 more films together. Garson Kanin wrote of them, “The magic of Astaire and Rogers cannot be explained; it can only be felt. They created a style, a mood, a happening. They flirted, chased, courted, slid, caressed, hopped, skipped, jumped, bent, swayed, clasped, wafted, undulated, nestled, leapt, quivered, glided, spun—in sum, made love before our eyes. We have not seen their like since.”

Rogers went on to star in a number of comedies and dramas in the 1940s and 1950s. Her dramatic turn in Kitty Foyle (1940) earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In addition to her entertainment career, Rogers also purchased a ranch in Oregon in 1945 for breeding Guernsey milk cows. She made a permanent move to the ranch in 1969, She was a skilled painter and sculptor and an avid athlete who won several tennis cups and earned high records for skeet. She was truly a multi-faceted individual.

Ginger Rogers passed away in 1995 at the age of 83 due to congestive heart failure, leaving a legacy of entertainment that will not soon be forgotten.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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