Ginger Rogers

Born Jul 16, 1911

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films, and was best known as Fred Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner in a series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre.… Read More

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1911 Birth Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911 in her mother's rented home at 100 Moore Street, Independence, Missouri. … Read More
1915 3 Years Old In 1915, Rogers moved in with her grandparents while her mother made a trip to Hollywood in an effort to get an essay she had written made into a film. … Read More


1926 14 Years Old Rogers' entertainment career was born one night when the traveling vaudeville act of Eddie Foy came to Fort Worth and needed a quick stand-in. She then entered and won a Charleston dance contest which allowed her to tour for six months, at one point in 1926 performing at an 18-month-old theater called The Craterian in Medford, Oregon. … Read More
When the tour got to New York City, she stayed, getting radio singing jobs and then her Broadway debut in the musical Top Speed, which opened on Christmas Day, 1929. … Read More
1930 18 Years Old In 1930, she was signed by Paramount Pictures to a seven-year contract. … Read More


1932 20 Years Old She made feature films for Warner Bros., Monogram, and Fox in 1932 and was named one of 15 "WAMPAS Baby Stars". … Read More
1933 21 Years Old Rogers was known for her partnership with Fred Astaire. Together, from 1933 to 1939, they made nine musical films at RKO: Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), Carefree (1938), and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). … Read More
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In 1934, Rogers sued Sylvia of Hollywood for $100K for defamation. … Read More
1939 27 Years Old On March 5, 1939, Rogers starred in "Single Party Going East", an episode of Silver Theater on CBS radio.
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In 1941, Rogers won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 1940's Kitty Foyle. … Read More


1943 31 Years Old In 1943, Rogers married her third husband, Jack Briggs, a U.S. Marine. Upon his return from World War II, Briggs showed no interest in continuing his incipient Hollywood career. They divorced in 1949.
1949 37 Years Old Arthur Freed reunited her with Fred Astaire in The Barkleys of Broadway in 1949, when Judy Garland was unable to appear in the role that was to have reunited her with her Easter Parade co-star. … Read More
1950 38 Years Old In later life, Rogers remained on good terms with Astaire; she presented him with a special Academy Award in 1950, and they were copresenters of individual Academy Awards in 1967, during which they elicited a standing ovation when they came on stage in an impromptu dance. … Read More


1953 41 Years Old In 1953, she married Jacques Bergerac, a French actor 16 years her junior, whom she met on a trip to Paris. A lawyer in France, he came to Hollywood with her and became an actor. They divorced in 1957. Her fifth and final husband was director and producer William Marshall. They married in 1961 and divorced in 1971, after his bouts with alcohol and the financial collapse of their joint film production company in Jamaica.


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1985 74 Years Old …  More lead roles on Broadway followed, along with her stage directorial debut in 1985 on an off-Broadway production of Babes in Arms. … Read More
1990 79 Years Old Rogers remained at the 4-Rs (Rogers's Rogue River Ranch) until 1990, when she sold the property and moved to nearby Medford, Oregon.
Her last public appearance was on March 18, 1995, when she received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award. … Read More
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