The Bear and Ginger Rogers both worked for RKO in the 1930s. He surprised her on the set one day (which is probably why she looks terrified, and appears to be pushing the Bear's paw away with her right hand). Later, though, we met again at one of Howard Hughes' parties, and the Bear introduced her to his style of dancing.
Ginger did not like Communists. (In fact, her mother Lela testified before HUAC.) We had that in common, which is ironic, since the Bear had been awarded the honor of Hero of the Bolshevik Revolution through an almost comic series of misunderstandings.
Ginger always said the Bear was a better dancer (in his own way) than Fred Astaire.
Hollywood was a tremendously corrupting environment for an innocent B movie Bear. He does not know if any of his movies even survived. He certainly hopes not. He was never able to convince directors that Bears were not found in Africa.
|Much later, Ginger was kind enough to provide the Bear with|
the autograph he had failed to obtain earlier.