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Ginger Rodgers Biography and Filmography
Ginger Rodgers
Birthday: July 16, 1911
Birth Place: Independence, Missouri, USA
Height: 5' 4"
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Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her family moved to Texas when she was a toddler because her father had found employment there. It wasn't long before Ginger's parents separated and she and her mother moved into a hotel. Her father, twice, kidnapped her, but both times she was returned to her mother. He received very little in visitation rights and Ginger only saw him sporadically thereafter. He died when she was 11 years old. She, then, moved with her mother to her grandparents in Kansas City, Missouri where Mrs. McMath managed to get Ginger in some advertising films. Now she was developing a taste for the cinema. 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. Later, the two packed up and moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Ginger attended high school and appeared in the school productions, while her mother remarried. The theater became Ginger's passion. At the age of 14, she was also appearing in vaudeville acts which she did until she was 17. Now she had discovered true acting. She went to New York where she appeared in the Broadway production of "Top Speed." She did a superb job which began to encourage her to seek work in feature films. A screen test turned out well and she was off to the movies. 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 (1929)_ . 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. 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: The Natural History of a Woman (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 1940's and early 1950's 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.
Glitter (1984)
[ Markie Post ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Patricia Neal ][ Tracy Nelson ][ Cyd Charisse ]
The Critical Success/Love Lamp Is Lit, The/Take My Boy Friend, Please/Rent a Family/Man in Her Life: Part 2 (1979)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Roz Kelly ]
Harlow (1965)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Carroll Baker ][ Carol Lynley ]
Cinderella (1965)
[ Leslie Ann ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Pat Carroll ]
Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary (1964)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Confession (1964)
[ Barbara Eden ][ Ginger Rogers ]
The Songs of Irving Berlin (1962)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (1957)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Teenage Rebel (1956)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Carol Channing ]
Tight Spot (1955)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Beautiful Stranger (1954)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Black Widow (1954)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Gene Tierney ]
Forever Female (1953)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Marion Ross ]
Dreamboat (1952)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Elsa Lanchester ][ Anne Francis ]
We're Not Married! (1952)
[ Marilyn Monroe ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Zsa Zsa Gabor ][ Eve Arden ]
Monkey Business (1952)
[ Marilyn Monroe ][ Ginger Rogers ]
The Groom Wore Spurs (1951)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Storm Warning (1951)
[ Doris Day ][ Ginger Rogers ]
Perfect Strangers (1950)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Billie Burke ]
It Had to Be You (1947)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Magnificent Doll (1946)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Heartbeat (1946)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
[ Lana Turner ][ Ginger Rogers ]
I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
[ Shirley Temple ][ Ginger Rogers ]
Lady in the Dark (1944)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Tender Comrade (1943)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Roxie Hart (1942)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Major and the Minor (1942)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
[ Rita Hayworth ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Elsa Lanchester ][ Elaine Reynolds ]
Tom Dick and Harry (1941)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman (1940)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Lucky Partners (1940)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Primrose Path (1940)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
5th Ave Girl (1939)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Bachelor Mother (1939)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Carefree (1938)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
Having Wonderful Time (1938)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Eve Arden ]
Vivacious Lady (1938)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Hattie McDaniel ]
Stage Door (1937)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Eve Arden ]
Shall We Dance (1937)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Swing Time (1936)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Follow the Fleet (1936)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Betty Grable ]
Top Hat (1935)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rogers ]
Star of Midnight (1935)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Roberta (1935)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ginger Rogers ][ Irene Dunne ]
Romance in Manhattan (1935)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
In Person (1935)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Betty Grable ]
Change of Heart (1934)
[ Shirley Temple ][ Ginger Rogers ]
Finishing School (1934)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Billie Burke ]
Upperworld (1934)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Joan Blondell ]
Broadway Bad (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Joan Blondell ]
42nd Street (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Foby Wing ]
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Sitting Pretty (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Chance at Heaven (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Rafter Romance (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
A Shriek in the Night (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Don't Bet on Love (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
You Said a Mouthful (1932)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Hat Check Girl (1932)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Tenderfoot (1932)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Carnival Boat (1932)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Suicide Fleet (1931)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Tip-Off (1931)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Honor Among Lovers (1931)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Claudette Colbert ]
Campus Sweethearts (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
A Night in a Dormitory (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Follow the Leader (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Ethel Merman ]
Office Blues (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Queen High (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
The Sap from Syracuse (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
Young Man of Manhattan (1930)
[ Ginger Rogers ][ Claudette Colbert ]
A Day of a Man of Affairs (1929)
[ Ginger Rogers ]
  • Daughter of Lela E. Rogers
  • Was a Christian Scientist.
  • Was given the name "Ginger" by her little cousin who couldn't pronounce "Virginia" correctly.
  • Brought her first cousin Helen Nichols to Hollywood, renamed her Phyllis Fraser, and guided her through a few films. Phyllis Fraser married and then became known as Phyllis Cerf.
  • Interred at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, California, USA, the same cemetery as long-time dancing/acting partner Fred Astaire is located.
  • At age 19, she briefly dated famed, founding editor of New Yorker magazine Harold Ross, then 37.
  • Sort-of cousin of Rita Hayworth. Ginger's aunt married Rita's uncle.
  • She didn't drink: she had her very own ice cream soda fountain
  • Suffered with diabetes in her final years and a lot of the time was wheelchair bound.
  • Directed her first stage musical,'Babes in arms', at age 74
  • Was fashion consultant for the J.C. Penney chain from 1972-75.
  • A keen artist, Ginger did many paintings, sculptures and sketches in her free time but could never bring herself to sell any of them.
  • Was Hollywood's highest paid star of 1942.
  • Author Graham Greene always said he would have liked Ginger to play the role of Aunt Augusta in the film version of his novel 'Travels With My Aunt' [when the film was made in 1972 the role was played by Maggie Smith].
  • The well known quote often attributed to Miss Rogers - "My first picture was 'Kitty Foyle'. It was my mother who made all those films with Fred Astaire" - was actually fabricated for a 1966 article in 'Films In Review'.
  • Always the outdoor sporty type, she was a near-champion tennis player, a topline shot and loved going fishing.
  • She made her final public appearance on 18th March 1995 (just five weeks before her death) when she received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award.
  • Was badly affected by diabetes in her last years which left her wheelchair bound and visibly overweight while her voice had become shrunken rasp.
  • Measurements: 34-23 1/2-34 1/2 (late 1950s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Related to Random House publisher and "What's My Line?" (1950) panelist Bennett Cerf, through marriage, when Bennett married Ginger's cousin Phyllis Fraser, who later became known as Phyllis Cerf.
  • Was asked to replaced Judy Garland in both the movies Harlow (1965/II) (which was filmed in eight days) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). She turned down "Dolls" because she hated the script; she did, however, do the quickie version of "Harlow" and, unlike the movie, garnered good reviews as Harlow's mother.
  • Aunt of Christopher Cerf and Jonathan Cerf.
  • Was a life-long Republican.
  • Turned down lead roles in To Each His Own (1946) and The Snake Pit (1948). Both of these roles went on to be played to great acclaim by Olivia de Havilland.
  • The first Rogers and Astaire teaming, Flying Down to Rio (1933), was her twentieth film appearance and only Fred's second.
  • In a 1991 TV interview when asked why the Astaire/Rogers union wasn't known as 'Ginger & Fred' rather than 'Fred & Ginger' (as Ginger had been in films longer), she replied, 'It's a man's world'.
  • Author Graham Greene always said he would have liked Ginger to play the role of Aunt Augusta in the film version of his novel Travels with My Aunt (1972) [when the film was made in 1972 the role was played by Maggie Smith].
  • Her tied to hip relationship with her domineering mother, Lela E. Rogers proved eternal. They're buried side by side at Oakwood memorial park. The grave of Ginger's screen partner, Fred Astaire, is just yards away.
  • Was named #14 Actress on The AFI 50 Greatest Screen Legends
  • Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
  • She and Fred Astaire acted in 10 movies together: The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Carefree (1938), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Follow the Fleet (1936), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Shall We Dance (1937), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Swing Time (1936) and Top Hat (1935)
  • She owned a lingerie factory in Rock Island Tennessee, called Form Fit Rogers.
  • She and Fred Astaire made 10 films together.
  • A distant cousin of Lucille Ball, according to Lucie Arnaz.

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