Forever Female

Forever Female is a 1953 film directed by Irving Rapper. It stars Ginger Rogers and William Holden. It won a Golden Globe in 1954.[1][2]

Forever Female
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Rapper
Produced byPat Duggan
Written byJulius J. Epstein
Philip Epstein
Based onRosalind
by J. M. Barrie
StarringGinger Rogers
William Holden
Paul Douglas
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byArchie Marshek
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
January 1954
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States


The reviews are in and a new play starring Beatrice Page and produced by Harry Phillips is a flop. Long divorced but still a team, they need a new project and meet playwright Stanley Krown, who has written one in which the lead roles are a mother and a 19-year-old daughter.

Beatrice wants to play the daughter. She can't pass for 19 but believes she can for 29, so wants the play rewritten. She also displays a romantic interest in Stanley.

A young actress first calling herself Sally Carver and then Peggy Pruitt wants an audition. Stanley has her do some typing on his rewrite, and a jealous Beatrice finds her an acting job out of town. Stanley's play previews in Washington, D.C., and flops. Sally, now calling herself Claudia Souvain, tries to persuade Stanley that the actress is too old for the role.

Seeing the play in a small town with Sally in the lead, now under her real name of Clara Mootz, convinces Stanley that she is right. Beatrice finally concedes that it's time for her to act her age. She agrees to take the mother's part, and on Broadway the play is a huge success.



The film was originally called Rosalind then Reaching for the Stars.[3]

The role of Clara was meant for Audrey Hepburn. However she was unavailable and the producer and director were not happy with other girls under contract to Paramount. They saw over 500 actors in New York before settling on Pat Crowley, who made her film debut.[4][5]

Rogers later wrote in her memoirs that although she liked the script she felt the studio "spent more money publicizing" Crowley "than they did on the entire production."[6] She respected her co stars William Holden and Paul Douglas as actors but said they would go drinking at lunch and form a tight group that excluded her; "they never spoke to me unless I spoke to them."[7] She added that Rapper "was not my type of director. His behaviour was cold and unfeeling. Because of the attitudes on set, I was unhappy I ever became involved with this film."[8]


  1. ^ "Forever Female". Retrieved 26 March 2018 – via
  2. ^ FOREVER FEMALE Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 20, Iss. 228, (Jan 1, 1953): 106.
  3. ^ Gilbert Roland Will Oppose Stewart; Story of Palladium Potential Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 26 Aug 1952: A7.
  4. ^ STARDOM BECKONS AND: Pat Crowley's Ready! Beautiful Young Pennsylvanian Shines in Debut Among Veteran Performers Such as Ginger Rogers and Bill Holden Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 15 Nov 1953: i22.
  5. ^ HOLLYWOOD'S FADING GALAXY: Industry Troubled by Dearth of Young Leading Men of Star Caliber -- Cinema Scope Hailed as 'Robe' Scores -- Addenda By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times 1 Nov 1953: X5.
  6. ^ Rogers p 303
  7. ^ Rogers p 304
  8. ^ Rogers p 304


  • Rogers, Ginger (1991). Ginger : my story. HarperCollins Publishers.

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