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National Portrait Gallery Presents ROBERT OSBORNE, 3/19

National Portrait Gallery Presents ROBERT OSBORNE, 3/19

Portrait Gallery Historian Amy Henderson, curator of "Dancing the Dream," hosts a wine and cheese reception with Turner Classic Movies' legendary host Robert Osborne.

Following the reception, Osborne and Henderson will discuss the role of dance in film before Osborne introduces the screening of "Flying Down to Rio" (1934).

March 19; reception starts at 6:00 p.m., conversation and film screening at 6:30 p.m.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

"Flying Down to Rio"

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first appeared together onscreen in "Flying Down to Rio."

Astaire and Rogers brought glamour and a stylized elegance to Depression-era audiences. Astaire worked on the main choreography, with Rogers coming in to "button-hook" the work at the end. A classic "Frank and Ernest" cartoon by Bob Thaves declared, "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards . . . and in high heels."

This photograph, on view in "Dancing the Dream," shows the "Let's Face the Music and Dance" number at the end of "Follow the Fleet."


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