Look Who's Seventy Today...
Ginger really gets into this character, as a pretty ditsy but also pretty feisty flapper gal who becomes involved in a case of...shall we say "intentional mistaken identity" in the murder of a fellow in her apartment...her gooberhead hubby really killed the dude, but the press guys hanging around talk her into 'taking the rap', thus gaining instant celebrity (unfortunately, times don't change much...see Nancy Grace for proof...). Well, here's how Ginger describes the film in her bio: "Roxie Hart is a gum-chewing, wise-cracking dancer who confesses to a murder committed by her husband, just so she can get publicity." "...Roxie Hart was really a satire, and way ahead of its time."
in the past here on G-ology regarding Roxie's hairstyle ...a lot of folks just don't care for it... but, ya know what? After getting 'used' to it, I just slap LOVE it! I mean, it's generally what you'd call a 'hot mess' hairstyle today, right? well, maybe a bit more 'frizzy', but, dang, it just WORKS... even the little 'curly-Q' side-burn deal is OK... AAANNNDDD, most importantly, it defines Roxie as...ROXIE! Once you get over the fact that this ISN'T Amanda Cooper, Dale Tremont, or heck, even Kitty Foyle, but Roxie Hart, the quintessential gangsta-flapper-gal, the hair becomes an integral part of that character.
Well, as a bit of 'backup', here's Ginger's take on the 'do from her bio: "At the time, I was redyeing myself for Roxie, and was wearing the pageboy bob hairstyle Louise Miehle had designed for me in 1937. I loved the style's simple lines, and so did all the secretaries in America, who began sporting the pageboy."
Interesting Roxie Stuff:
- The role of Roxie was generally based on an actual 1924 Chicago murder trial, of Beulah Annan.
- The original Broadway play Chicago opened at the Music Box Theater on December 30, 1926, and ran for 172 performances.
- Roxie Hart is the second of three movies made regarding the story; the silent film Chicago was released in 1927 on the heels of the Broadway run, with Phyllis Haver in the role of Roxie; and the recent edition of Chicago in 2002, with Renee Zellweger as Miss Hart.
- Another musical based on the story was rolled out in 1975, also called Chicago; Gwen Verdon played Roxie, with Liza Minnelli taking over for her later; the show ran for 936 performances.
- The 1975 production was revived in 1996, and it has been rolling ever since, with currently over 6,200 performances, making it the longest-running musical revival ever, and the fourth longest-running show ever.
- Actresses who have assumed the role of Roxie in the revival include Ann Reinking, Brooke Shields, Ruthie Henshall, Samantha Harris, Bebe Neuwirth, Michelle Williams, Melora Hardin, Ashlee Simpson, Melanie Griffith, and Christie Brinkley.
- The original story was a good bit more salacious than the Hays Office would allow in the early 40's (and probably a bit more than Ginger would have wanted, as well); here's the synopsis of the musical from Wikipedia, which explains it pretty well:
Chicago - The Musical - Wiki Info
- The role was to be played in this movie by Alice Faye, but she had 'a date with the stork', as Ginger so nicely put it in her bio.
- During production, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.
- This was Ginger's first 'non-RKO' movie since 1934's The Gay Divorcee, which started a run of 20 consecutive Radio Pictures between it and Roxie.
- Director Stanley Kubrick listed Roxie Hart as one of his ten all-time favorite films. Welcome to the club, Stan...welcome to the club...
And, to end up this Roxie-thon, a couple of clips...the first one is pretty familiar to Gingerologists, but it's just too cool not to leave it off of this post...it is the 'deleted Charleston scene' from Roxie, which is ultimately the closest Ginger ever got to doing the Charleston in an actual movie... STILL not sure why they cut this out...would have been awesome to show Roxie dancing at first, then sneaking into the apartment... maybe it was to leave a bit of 'uncertainty' as to whether Roxie was actually out dancing, or if she actually DID pull the trigger, then jump on the fire escape to hide...hmmm... anyway, this clip is mandatory for ALL G-ologists:
KIG, y'all!!! (AND, give it that ol' Roxie Moxie! :-] )