Ginger Rogers
Actress
Ginger Rogers
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.
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Local dancer steps up in winning style - Blue Springs Examiner
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Taking her stepfather's name, she became known as Ginger Rogers and as one of America's top professional dancers. Maybe it's time for history to repeat itself with another Independence native, Emily Scott, now 17 years old, who is quickly asserting
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Jim Klobuchar talks to football team - Macalester Athletics
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He danced a tango in the middle of the Nicollet Mall with the late Ginger Rogers and also survived a near fist fight with the late Viking football coach, Norm Van Brocklin. He says the scuffle with Van Brocklin and the tango with Ginger were equally
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Theatre review: Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen star in Top Hat - Northampton Chronicle & Echo
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A visit to see Top Hat at Milton Keynes Theatre this week – a recreation of the classic 1930s Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie – mentally transported me to a time when true glamour was allowed to tap dance its way into people's lives
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That's Life: Dog's Day Due - iBerkshires.com
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I named my puppy Ginger, after the movie star Ginger Rogers, who was, at that time, best known as Fred Astaire's dancing partner. My puppy was so gentle, she did not even object when I dressed her in my doll's clothes. Her tail would wag from beneath
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POSSESSED; Spelling Out How She Feels
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IN Hollywood, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to do remakes of it. These days, that's pretty much everyone. The film industry is one in which collective amnesia is so profound that it's safe to conclude that half the reason you are only as good as your last picture is that no one can remember further back. ''It breaks my heart that
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Inspirational CD by Marie really inspires - Deseret News
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They say Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers complemented each other perfectly. He gave her class and she made him sexy. As a brother and sister act, Donny and Marie Osmond expand each other's range as well
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Lucille Ball Centennial on TCM: STAGE DOOR, BEST FOOT FORWARD - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Unlike Robert Taylor, who would have turned 100 today, or Ginger Rogers, whose centennial was last July 16, Lucille Ball is actually going to be remembered on the occasion of what would have been her 100th birthday this Saturday, August 6
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Imagining America - Irish Central
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My desire to come to America was fueled by those movies, by the glamour of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and the talent of Bing Crosby and Gene Kelly. And, of course, Clark Gable, who was my mother's favorite. And when I did come to America “for the
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He Just Had to Move - Wall Street Journal
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The first thing the reader notices is that Mr. Decker pays little attention to Astaire's most famous scenes—there's only one with his primary romantic dance partner, Ginger Rogers, discussed at any length. Instead, Mr. Decker sheds light on
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Scientist 'transfixed' by dancing Snowball - The West Australian
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AP © Enlarge photo If you have grand plans to turn your pooch or pussycat into the next Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a scientist in the US has some bad news for you. It seems chimpanzees, dogs and cats have no sense of rhythm, according to research
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Today in History - Washington Post
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On July 16, 1911, actress-dancer Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Mo. In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy. In 1935, the first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City
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Great Escape: Channel Your Inner Ginger Rogers - Patch.com
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Fox trot or waltz — don't mind if you do? Then ballroom dance may be just for you. Poetry aside, ballroom dance has struck the fancy of many with a slew of celebs regularly demonstrating
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ginger Rogers
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 83
    She died at her Rancho Mirage home on April 25, 1995, at the age of 83.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy concluded that the cause of death was a heart attack. She was cremated and her ashes interred in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California, with her mother's remains.
    Her last public appearance was on March 18, 1995, when she received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award.
    More Details Hide Details For many years, Rogers regularly supported, and held in-person presentations, at the Craterian Theater, in Medford, where she had performed in 1926 as a vaudevillian. The theater was comprehensively restored in 1997 and posthumously renamed in her honor as the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. Rogers spent winters in Rancho Mirage and summers in Medford. She continued making public appearances (chiefly at award shows) until suffering a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair. Despite her stroke, as a practitioner of Christian Science, she never saw a doctor or went to a hospital.
  • 1990
    Age 78
    Rogers remained at the 4-Rs (Rogers's Rogue River Ranch) until 1990, when she sold the property and moved to nearby Medford, Oregon.
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  • 1985
    Age 73
    More lead roles on Broadway followed, along with her stage directorial debut in 1985 on an off-Broadway production of Babes in Arms.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers also made television acting appearances until 1987. In 1992, Rogers was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors.
  • 1977
    Age 65
    In 1977, Rogers's mother died.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 59
    Rogers was lifelong friends with actresses Lucille Ball and Bette Davis. She appeared with Ball in an episode of Here's Lucy on November 22, 1971, in which Rogers danced the Charleston for the first time in many years.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers starred in one of the earliest films co-directed and co-scripted by a woman, Wanda Tuchock's Finishing School (1934). Rogers maintained a close friendship with her cousin, writer/socialite Phyllis Fraser, but was not Rita Hayworth's natural cousin, as has been reported. Hayworth's maternal uncle, Vinton Hayworth, was married to Rogers's maternal aunt, Jean Owens. She was raised a Christian Scientist and remained a lifelong adherent. She devoted a great deal of time in her autobiography to the importance of her faith throughout her career. Rogers was a lifelong member of the Republican Party.
  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 41
    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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  • THIRTIES
  • 1950
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1969, she had the lead role in another long-running popular production, Mame, from the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the West End of London, arriving for the role on the liner Queen Elizabeth 2 from New York. Her docking there occasioned the maximum of pomp and ceremony at Southampton. She became the highest-paid performer in the history of the West End up to that time. The production ran for 14 months and featured a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II. From the 1950s onwards, Rogers made occasional appearances on television, even substituting for a vacationing Hal March on The $64,000 Question. In the later years of her career, she made guest appearances in three different series by Aaron Spelling: The Love Boat (1979), Glitter (1984), and Hotel (1987), which was her final screen appearance as an actress. In 1985, Rogers fulfilled a long-standing wish to direct when she directed the musical Babes in Arms off-Broadway in Tarrytown, New York, at 74 years old. Interviews can be found in the New York Times under "Ginger Rogers directs". It was produced by Michael Lipton and Robert Kennedy of Kennedy Lipton Productions. The production starred Broadway talents Donna Theodore, Carleton Carpenter, James Brennan, Randy Skinner, Karen Ziemba, Dwight Edwards, and Kim Morgan.
  • 1949
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers's film career entered a period of gradual decline in the 1950s, as parts for older actresses became more difficult to obtain, but she still scored with some solid movies. She starred in Storm Warning (1950) with Ronald Reagan and Doris Day, the noir, anti-Ku Klux Klan film by Warner Brothers, and in Monkey Business (1952) with Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe, directed by Howard Hawks. In the same year, she also starred in We're Not Married!, also featuring Marilyn Monroe, and in Dreamboat. She played the female lead in Tight Spot (1955), a mystery thriller, with Edward G. Robinson. After a series of unremarkable films, she scored a great popular success on Broadway in 1965, playing Dolly Levi in the long-running Hello, Dolly!
  • 1943
    Age 31
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 29
    Further highlights of this period included Tom, Dick, and Harry, a 1941 comedy in which she dreams of marrying three different men; I'll Be Seeing You (1944), with Joseph Cotten; and Billy Wilder's first Hollywood feature film: The Major and the Minor (1942), in which she played a woman who masquerades as a 12-year-old to get a cheap train ticket and finds herself obliged to continue the ruse for an extended period.
    More Details Hide Details This film featured a performance by Rogers's own real mother, Lela, playing her film mother. Becoming a free agent, Rogers made hugely successful films with other studios in the mid-'40s, including Tender Comrade (1943), Lady in the Dark (1944), and Week-End at the Waldorf (1945), and became the highest-paid performer in Hollywood. However, by the end of the decade, her film career had peaked.
    In 1941, Rogers won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 1940's Kitty Foyle.
    More Details Hide Details She enjoyed considerable success during the early 1940s, and was RKO's hottest property during this period. In Roxie Hart (1942), based on the same play which served as the template for the later musical Chicago, Rogers played a wisecracking wife on trial for a murder her husband committed. In the neorealist Primrose Path (1940), directed by Gregory La Cava, she played a prostitute's daughter trying to avoid the fate of her mother.
  • 1939
    Age 27
    On March 5, 1939, Rogers starred in "Single Party Going East", an episode of Silver Theater on CBS radio.
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  • 1934
    Age 22
    In 1934, she married actor Lew Ayres (1908–96).
    More Details Hide Details They divorced seven years later.
    In 1934, Rogers sued Sylvia of Hollywood for $100K for defamation.
    More Details Hide Details Sylvia, Hollywood's fitness guru and radio personality, had claimed that Rogers was on Sylvia's radio show when, in fact, she was not.
  • 1933
    Age 21
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) was produced later at MGM). They revolutionized the Hollywood musical, introducing dance routines of unprecedented elegance and virtuosity, set to songs specially composed for them by the greatest popular song composers of the day. Arlene Croce, Hermes Pan, Hannah Hyam, and John Mueller all consider Rogers to have been Astaire's finest dance partner, principally because of her ability to combine dancing skills, natural beauty, and exceptional abilities as a dramatic actress and comedian, thus truly complementing Astaire, a peerless dancer who sometimes struggled as an actor and was not considered classically handsome. The resulting song and dance partnership enjoyed a unique credibility in the eyes of audiences. Of the 33 partnered dances Rogers performed with Astaire, Croce, and Mueller have highlighted the infectious spontaneity of her performances in the comic numbers "I'll Be Hard to Handle" from Roberta, "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" from Follow the Fleet, and "Pick Yourself Up" from Swing Time. They also point to the use Astaire made of her remarkably flexible back in classic romantic dances such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" from Roberta, "Cheek to Cheek" from Top Hat, and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" from Follow the Fleet.
  • 1932
    Age 20
    She made feature films for Warner Bros., Monogram, and Fox in 1932 and was named one of 15 "WAMPAS Baby Stars".
    More Details Hide Details She then made a significant breakthrough as Anytime Annie in the Warner Brothers film 42nd Street (1933). She went on to make a series of films with Fox, Warner Bros. (Gold Diggers of 1933), Universal, Paramount, and RKO Radio Pictures.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1930
    Age 18
    In 1930, she was signed by Paramount Pictures to a seven-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details Rogers soon got herself out of the Paramount contract—under which she had made five feature films at Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens—and moved with her mother to Hollywood. When she got to California, she signed a three-picture deal with Pathé Exchange.
  • 1929
    Age 17
    Rogers' first marriage was at age 17 to her dancing partner Jack Pepper (real name Edward Jackson Culpepper) on March 29, 1929. They divorced in 1931, having separated soon after the wedding. Ginger dated Mervyn LeRoy in 1932, but they ended the relationship and remained friends until his death in 1986.
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    Rogers' first movie roles were in a trio of short films made in 1929—Night in the Dormitory, A Day of a Man of Affairs, and Campus Sweethearts.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Within two weeks of opening in Top Speed, Rogers was chosen to star on Broadway in Girl Crazy by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Fred Astaire was hired to help the dancers with their choreography. Her appearance in Girl Crazy made her an overnight star at the age of 19.
  • 1926
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This theater honored her many years later by changing its name to the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. At 17, Rogers married Jack Culpepper, a singer/dancer/comedian/recording artist of the day who worked under the name Jack Pepper (according to Ginger's autobiography, she knew Culpepper when she was a child, as her cousin's boyfriend). They formed a short-lived vaudeville double act known as "Ginger and Pepper". The marriage was over within months, and she went back to touring with her mother.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Age 3
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Lela succeeded and continued to write scripts for Fox Studios. Rogers was to remain close to her grandfather (much later, when she was a star in 1939, she bought him a home at 5115 Greenbush Avenue in Sherman Oaks, California, so he could be close to her while she was filming at the studios). One of Rogers' young cousins, Helen, had a hard time pronouncing "Virginia", shortening it to "Badinda"; the nickname soon became "Ginga". When "Ginga" was nine years old, her mother remarried, to John Logan Rogers. Ginger took the surname Rogers, although she was never legally adopted. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas. Her mother became a theater critic for a local newspaper, the Fort Worth Record. She attended, but did not graduate from, Fort Worth's Central High School (later renamed R.L. Paschal High School).
  • 1911
    Born
    Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911 in her mother's rented home at 100 Moore Street, Independence, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details She was the only living child of William "Eddins" McMath, an electrical engineer, and his wife, Lela Emogene (née Owens; 1891–1977). She was of Scottish, Welsh, and English ancestry. Her mother did not want her born in a hospital, having lost a previous child there. Her parents had separated before she was born, but her grandparents, Walter and Saphrona (née Ball) Owens, lived nearby in Kansas City. After unsuccessfully trying to become a family again, McMath kidnapped his daughter twice. Rogers said that she never saw her natural born father again. Her mother divorced her father soon thereafter.
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