Whitney’s Special Shoes

Mimi ON Feb 29, 2012 AT 11:16 am

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston owned Ginger Rogers' Dancing Shoes

The late singer was a huge fan of classic Hollywood movies and like her godmother Aretha Franklin – who collects Bette Davis and Judy Garland memorabilia, among other things – she was an avid buyer of memorabilia from her favourite film stars.

Among Whitney’s vast collection is a pair of shoes Ginger wore when she danced with Fred Astaire in one the 10 films they starred in together.

She was given them as a gift by David Gest for performing at the 10th Annual American Cinema Awards in 1993 – an event which he organised and produced – on the night where Rogers was honoured for Distinguished Achievement In Film alongside Sidney Poitier, Leslie Caron and Anthony Perkins.
Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis was also honoured that night for his Humanitarian Efforts To The Entertainment Industry.

David wanted to give Whitney something special to show his appreciation for her closing the show with ‘The Greatest Love of All’ which received a five-minute standing ovation from the star-studded audience in Beverly Hills.

On the night Clive was honoured he told David that Whitney would not perform, but the producer asked her anyway as she was in attendance.

Recalling the moment Whitney came off stage, Gest exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “I wanted to give her something from the legendary Nicholas Brothers who were there that night but when I saw her she said, ‘No! I want Ginger Rogers’ dancing shoes!’

The ‘Michael Jackson: Life of an Icon‘ filmmaker boldly went to Ginger’s home in Palm Springs and told her of his dilemma and the generous ‘Follow The Fleet’ star went and fetched him a pair of her famous shoes.

Ginger personally signed each shoe with a note which read “to one of the greatest singers of all time, from your friend Ginger Rogers“.

David – who was invited to the ‘My Love is Your Love’ singer’s funeral – encased the footwear in Plexiglas and gave the special present to Whitney who had them on display in her home up until her tragic death earlier this month at the age of 48.

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