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GINGER ROGERS  (1911-1995)  Ginger Rogers knew the value of sharing the spotlight and the importance of publicity.  On October 14, 1930 she opened on Broadway in George and Ira Gershwin's GIRL CRAZY.  She was signed as the star, but after the opening night, the star was Ethel Merman, making her Broadway debut.  Yet in 1982 when Merman received the coveted Pied Piper award, Rogers was there to cheer her on.  In the 1930s Rogers had inscribed a photo to Merman: "Your success, my happiness."  Apparently, there was sincerity in her sentiment.  Rogers went to Hollywood for a supporting role in the iconic 42nd STREET and took on her roles with Fred Astaire in the movies that would make her a legend.  Rogers won an Oscar for KITTY FOYLE.  She returned to Broadway to replace Carol Channing in HELLO, DOLLY! and performed "Before the Parade Passes By" for Ed Sullivan's television audience.  Ed called her over for an extra bow and she used her moment to profusely thank him and to acknowledge his role in promoting the entertainers.  Rogers was given a Kennedy Center Honor in 1992.

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