GINGER ROGERS DIES AT 83

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Ginger Rogers, the 1940 Oscar-winner best remembered for dancing cheek-to-cheek with Fred Astaire in a string of glittering, Depression-era musicals, died at her home in Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs. The pair first danced during Broadway rehearsals for "Girl Crazy," a 1930 Gershwin musical. Her close friend President Reagan (in an uncredited paraphrase of a Gloria Steinem one-liner) said in 1986: "Her male counterpart got the lion's share of publicity but Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, and did it with high heels on, and did it backwards."