Ginger Rogers Biography

Birthday: 1911-07-16
Place of Birth: Independence, Missouri
Height: 5' 4½" (1.64 m)
Wiki Biography: Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court. Ginger's mother left her child in the care of her parents while she went in search of a job as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and later to New York City. Mrs. McMath found herself with an income good enough to where she could send for Ginger. Lelee became a Marine in 1918 and was in the publicity department and Ginger went back to her grandparents in Missiouri. During this time her mother met John Rogers. After leaving the Marines they married in May, 1920 in Liberty, Missouri. He was transferred to Dallas and Ginger (who treated him as a father) went too. Ginger won a Charleston contest in 1925 (age 14) and a 4 week contract on the Interstate circuit. She also appeared in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17 with her mother by her side to guide her. Now she had discovered true acting. She married in March, 1929, and after several months realized she had made a mistake. She acquired an agent and she did several short films. She went to New York where she appeared in the Broadway production of "Top Speed" which debuted Christmas Day, 1929. Her first film was in 1929 in A Night in a Dormitory (1930). It was a bit part, but it was a start. Later that year, Ginger appeared, briefly in two more films, A Day of a Man of Affairs (1929) and Campus Sweethearts (1930). For awhile she did both movies and theatre. The following year she began to get better parts in films such as Office Blues (1930) and The Tip-Off (1931). But the movie that enamored her to the public was Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). She did not have top billing but her beauty and voice was enough to have the public want more. She suggested using a monocle and this also set her apart. One song she popularized in the film was the now famous, "We're in the Money". In 1934, she starred with Dick Powell in Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934). It was a well received film about the popularity of radio. Ginger's real stardom occurred when she was teamed with Fred Astaire where they were one of the best cinematic couples ever to hit the silver screen. This is where she achieved real stardom. They were first paired in 1933's Flying Down to Rio (1933) and later in 1935's Roberta (1935) and Top Hat (1935). Ginger also appeared in some very good comedies such as Bachelor Mother (1939) and 5th Ave Girl (1939) both in 1939. Also that year she appeared with Astaire in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). The film made money but was not anywhere successful as they had hoped. After that studio executives at RKO wanted Ginger to strike out on her own. She made several dramatic pictures but it was 1940's Kitty Foyle (1940) that allowed her to shine. Playing a young lady from the wrong side of the tracks, she played the lead role well, so well in fact, that she won an Academy Award for her portrayal. Ginger followed that project with the delightful comedy, Tom Dick and Harry (1941) the following year. It's a story where she has to choose which of three men she wants to marry. Through the rest of the 1940s and early 1950s she continued to make movies but not near the caliber before World War II. After Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957) in 1957, Ginger didn't appear on the silver screen for seven years. By 1965, she had appeared for the last time in Harlow (1965/II). Afterward, she appeared on Broadway and other stage plays traveling in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. After 1984, she retired and wrote an autobiography in 1991 entitled, "Ginger, My Story" which is a very good book. On April 25, 1995, Ginger died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 83.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kitty Foyle Kitty Foyle 1940 Drama
Van de gekke Roxie Hart 2011
Supersize Grime 'A.J.' Furnival 2011
Shark Wranglers Herself 2012 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Queen High 1930 Comedy, Musical
Monkey Business Edwina Fulton 1931
Gold Diggers of 1933 0, 0
42nd Street 1933 Biography, 0
A Shriek in the Night 1933
Flying Down to Rio 1933 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Change of Heart Madge Roundtree 1934
The Gay Divorcee Mimi Glossop 1934 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Roberta Comtesse Scharwenka 1935 0, 0
Top Hat Dale Tremont 1935 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Swing Time Penny Carroll 1936 0, 0
Follow the Fleet 1936 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Stage Door Jean Maitland 1937 Comedy, Drama
Having Wonderful Time 1938 Comedy, Romance
Vivacious Lady 1938 Comedy, Romance
Carefree 1938 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Bachelor Mother 1939 0
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Irene Castle 1939 Musical, Romance
Primrose Path 1940 Drama
Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman Kitty Foyle 1940 Drama, Romance
Tom, Dick and Harry 1941 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Tom, Dick, and Harry 1941 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Tales of Manhattan 1942 0, 0
Roxie Hart Roxie Hart 1942 Comedy, Romance
Once Upon a Honeymoon 1942 Comedy, Romance, Mystery
The Major and the Minor Susan Applegate 1943 Comedy, Romance
Lady in the Dark 1944 Drama, Musical, Romance
Week-End at the Waldorf 1945
The Barkleys of Broadway 1949 0, Biography
We're Not Married! Ramona Gladwyn 1952
Dreamboat 1952 Comedy
Tight Spot 1955 Drama, Thriller
The First Traveling Saleslady Rose Gilray 1956