Ginger Rogers

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Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers in 1941
Birthday/Birthplace Virginia Katherine McMath
(1911-07-16)July 16, 1911
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
Deceased April 25, 1995(1995-04-25)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Resting place Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Chatsworth, California
Profession(s) Actress, dancer, singer
Active Years 1925–1987
  • Jack Pepper (m. 1929; div. 1931)
  • Lew Ayres (m. 1934; div. 1940)
  • Jack Briggs (m. 1943; div. 1949)
  • Jacques Bergerac (m. 1953; div. 1957)
  • William Marshall (m. 1961; div. 1969)

Ginger Rogers ( Virginia Katherine McMath ; Independence, Missouri; July 16, 1911-Rancho Mirage, California; April 25, 1995) was an actress, dancer and American singer and winner of an Oscar. In his 62-year career, he made a total of 73 films. Although remembered for her roles with Fred Astaire in a series of ten musical films that revolutionized the concept of the modern musical, Ginger was a talented actress (winner of an Oscar, she holds number 14 on the AFI list), very versatile in diverse genres and with a great interpretative capacity for comedy.

Ginger_Rogers’s Biography

First years

She was the daughter of William Eddins McMath, of Scottish descent, and Lela Emogene (née, ​​Owens: 1891-1977), of Welsh ancestors. His parents separated shortly after his birth. So, mother and daughter went to live near Kansas City. From there, the small Virginia lived a constant struggle between their parents for custody until he was finally living with his grandparents Walter and Saphrona Owens. Many of his cousins ​​began to shorten the name of Virginia by “Ginga”, giving rise to his stage name.

When he was nine years old, his mother remarried John Logan Rogers. Ginger began using the surname of Rogers, although she was never legally adopted. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas and their mother began working as a theater critic for a local newspaper, the Fort Worth Record. This is how Ginger began to take an interest in the world of entertainment. Waiting for her mother while the interviews were ending, Ginger began to sing and dance on stage.


Five years later, Ginger Rogers made her debut in the entertainment world. Eddie Foy’s vaudeville show organized a contest to find young talents. Ginger came in and won the contest with a Charleston dance. Thus began a tour with the variety theater across the country for the next three years. Rogers was 15 years old.

At age 17, Ginger married Jack Culpepper, also a dancer, but her marriage did not last long. Later, he would travel to New York with his mother. There he began to do different jobs on the radio and Broadway, where he debuted with a musical called Top Speed, which premiered on December 25, 1929.

Cinematographic career

His first appearances in the cinema were in 1929, in a group of short films entitled Night in the Dormitory, A Day of a Man of Affairs and Campus Sweethearts.

Soon after, Rogers was chosen to star on Broadway in the musical Girl Crazy by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. There was also Fred Astaire, who was hired to help the dancers with his choreography. That’s how Astaire met Rogers, in what would be the beginning of an unrepeatable story. The success of Girl Crazy was unappealable and in 1930, at the age of 19, Rogers would sign a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

Despite the contract, Rogers soon disassociated himself from it and started looking for a life in Hollywood on his own. His debut began in 1930 with three forgettable films with Pathé. A series that continued during the following years until in 1933 he got his real chance with a musical that made history: 42nd Street (42nd Street), directed by Lloyd Bacon and Busby Berkeley, and produced by Warner Brothers. In it he shared a poster with some of the young promises of the American cinema of the moment, the soon consecrated ones -and now forgotten-: Dick Powell, Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler or Una Merkel.

From then on, Rogers’ price went up and he worked the following year with RKO to shoot Flying to River (Flying Down to Rio) by Thornton Freeland (1933). This musical film had been conceived as a vehicle for the famous and exotic Mexican actress Dolores del Río (“The price of glory” 1925, “Evangeline” 1929), based in Hollywood since the final years of silent film. But for the public, the biggest revelations of this film ended up being Ginger Rogers, and his dance partner Fred Astaire.

Ginger Rogers Net Worth – $20 Million

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