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]

Forever Female
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.



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