r579 I saw that show in the 70's and knew two of the dancers who worked with her (Ron Steinbeck and Jeff Parker, who'd learned tap from Eleanor Powell in the late 60's and early 70's). Ginger worked very hard to keep up with the "Four Freds" as she called them.
She did not embarrass herself.
In 1980 at the Music Hall she hadn't looked as good as she did in years. She was very slim and her hair, which was sometimes like straw, was in really good shape too. However, as I noted, she had been expected to do some dancing and the show was a sell-out but she moved gracefully and seemed ready to launch into a dance which had the audience breathless with anticipation, and then nothing.
That same year she did a "Love Boat" and danced briefly as well as doing some moves to the song "Love Will Keep Us Together" but they were moves that a first year dance student could have done.
She had privately consulted Oona White about dance steps that would be limited but look far better.
I will say this on her behalf - she loved gays. She had absolutely no compunction about expressing her feelings toward us or showing affection. For me one of the highpoints of her "Night of 100 Stars 2" appearance was a couple of second we had to chat.
She asked me whether I'd lost any of my friends to the growing epidemic and when I said yes (half the guys I danced with in "Woman of the Year"), she hugged me and said how sorry she was. (When we hugged she felt as though she was corseted ala Scarlett in "GWTW"). And unaware of how to do what amounted to a time step.
The last time I saw her was in Boston in 1991 when she was promoting her book. (I won't say autobiography since it was pretty much factually incorrect).
She was in a wheelchair and looked awful. However mentally she was sharper than in 1985.
Before I could say anything, she called me by name and remembered we'd chatted 6 years earlier.
When I left, she grabbed my hand and squeezed it as though to say goodbye.
I liked her because she always tried to play the "Star" but I was disappointed with her being willing to coast on her reputation and not work as hard as she should have in the instances that we worked together.
She had serious issues with her mother who was a first class bitch. I have little doubt that some of that probably rubbed off on Ginger. However, one on one with me, she was sweet and caring in a way that an slightly eccentric aunt might be.