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Ginger Rogers

Film Actress / Playwright / Stage Actress / Television Actress / Actress / Writer | * 07/16/1911 († 83, 04/25/1995) | Independence, Missouri, USA
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Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath; July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer and singer during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood and is often considered an American icon. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role in Kitty Foyle (1940), but is best remembered for performing during the 1930s in RKO's musical films with Fred Astaire. Her career continued on stage, radio and television throughout much of the 20th century. Born in Independence, Missouri and raised in Kansas City, Rogers and her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was nine years old. After winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest that launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actress for her stage debut in Girl Crazy. This led to a contract with Paramount Pictures, which ended after five films. Rogers had her first successful film role as a supporting actress in 42nd Street (1933). In the 1930s, Rogers' nine films with Fred Astaire are credited with revolutionizing the genre and gave RKO Pictures some of its biggest successes, most notably ()
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Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the twentieth century. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films and is noted for her role as Fred Astaire's partner in a series of ten musical films. She achieved great success in a variety of film roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle. After winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest that launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actress for her stage debut in Girl Crazy. This led to a contract with Paramount Pictures, which ended after five films. Rogers had her first successful film role as a supporting actress in 42nd Street. In the 1930s, Rogers' nine films with Fred Astaire gave RKO Pictures some of its biggest successes, most notably Top Hat and Swing Time. But after two commercial failures with Astaire, she branched out into dramatic and comedy films. Her acting was well received by critics and audiences, and she became one of the biggest box-office draws and highest paid actresses of the 1940s. Her performance in Kitty Foyle won her the Oscar for Best Actress. Rogers' popularity peaked by the end of the decade. She reunited with Astaire in 1949 in the commercially successful The Barkleys of Broadway. After an unsuccessful period in the 1950s, she returned to Broadway in 1965, playing the lead role in Hello, Dolly!. More Broadway roles followed, along with her stage directorial debut in 1985 of an off-Broadway production of Babes in Arms. She also made television acting appearances until 1987. In 1992, Rogers was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors. She died of a heart attack in 1995, at age 83. Rogers is associated with the phrase "backwards and in high heels", which is attributed to Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest 1982 cartoon with the caption "Sure he [Astaire] was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did...backwards and in high heels". This phrase is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Ann Richards, who used it in her keynote address to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. A Republican and a devout Christian Scientist, Rogers married five times with all of them ending in divorce, and having no children. During her long career, Rogers made 73 films, and her musical films with Astaire are credited with revolutionizing the genre. Rogers was a major movie star during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood and is often considered an American icon. She ranks number 14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of female stars of classic American cinema. Her autobiography Ginger: My Story was published in 1991.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Ginger Rogers

Academy Award for Best Actress Kennedy Center Honors Academy Award for Best Actress

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Movies with Ginger Rogers as Actress(98)

as Herself (archive footage)2017 Fred Astaire donne le 'la'
as Various / Herself (archive footage)2006 Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm
as Herself (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as (archive footage)1994 That's Entertainment! III
as (archive footage)1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as (archive footage)1974 That's Entertainment!
as Queen1965 Cinderella
as Mama Jean Bello1965 Harlow
as Madame Rinaldi1964 The Confession
as Ginger Rogers1957 The Abominable Snowman
as Mildred Turner1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
as Miss Rose Gillray1956 The First Traveling Saleslady
as Nancy Fallon1956 Teenage Rebel
as Sherry Conley1955 Tight Spot
as Johnny Victor1954 Beautiful Stranger
as Carlotta "Lottie" Marin1954 Black Widow
as Beatrice Page1953 Forever Female
as Edwina Fulton1952 Monkey Business
as Ramona Gladwyn1952 We're Not Married!
as Gloria Marlowe1952 Dreamboat
as Marsha Mitchell1951 Storm Warning
as AJ Furnival1951 The Groom Wore Spurs
as Terry Scott1950 Perfect Strangers
as Dinah Barkley1949 The Barkleys of Broadway
as Victoria Stafford1947 It Had to Be You
as Arlette Lafron1946 Heartbeat
as Dolly Madison1946 Magnificent Doll
as Ginger Rogers (archive footage) (uncredited)1945 George White's Scandals
as Irene Malvern1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
as Mary Marshall1944 I'll Be Seeing You
as Liza Elliott1944 Lady in the Dark
as Jo Jones1943 Tender Comrade
as herself1943 Show-Business at War
as Diane1942 Tales of Manhattan
as Katherine Butt-Smith1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon
as Susan Applegate1942 The Major and the Minor
as Roxie Hart1942 Roxie Hart
as Janie1941 Tom, Dick and Harry
as Ellie May Adams1940 Primrose Path
as Jean Newton1940 Lucky Partners
as Kitty Foyle1940 Kitty Foyle
as Mary Grey1939 5th Ave Girl
as Polly Parrish1939 Bachelor Mother
as Amanda Cooper1938 Carefree
as Frances 'Francey' Brent1938 Vivacious Lady
as Teddy Shaw1938 Having Wonderful Time
as Linda Keene1937 Shall We Dance
as Jean Maitland1937 Stage Door
as Penny Carrol1936 Swing Time
as Sherry Martin1936 Follow the Fleet
as Sylvia Dennis1935 Romance in Manhattan
as Comtesse Scharwenka1935 Roberta
as Dale Tremont1935 Top Hat
as Carol Corliss1935 In Person
as Donna Mantin1935 Star of Midnight
as Cecilia "Pony" Ferris1934 Finishing School
as Peggy Cornell1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
as herself1934 Hollywood Newsreel
as Madge Rountree1934 Change of Heart
as Lilly Linda1934 Upperworld
as Mimi Glossop1934 The Gay Divorcee
as Glory Eden1933 Professional Sweetheart
as Pat Morgan1933 A Shriek in the Night
as Ann1933 42nd Street
as Mary1933 Rafter Romance
as Fay Fortune1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
as Dorothy1933 Sitting Pretty
as Flip Daly1933 Broadway Bad
as Molly Gilbert1933 Don't Bet on Love
as Honey Hale1933 Flying Down to Rio
as Marge Harris1933 Chance at Heaven
as Jessie King1932 Hat Check Girl
as Ruth Weston1932 The Tenderfoot
as Lela / Marie Morgan1932 The Thirteenth Guest
as Honey1932 Carnival Boat
as Alice Brandon1932 You Said a Mouthful
as Sally1931 Suicide Fleet
as Doris Brown1931 Honor Among Lovers
as Baby Face1931 The Tip-Off
as Miss Gravis1930 Office Blues
as Ellen Saunders1930 The Sap from Syracuse
as Polly Rockwell1930 Queen High
as herself1930 A Night in a Dormitory
as Puff Randolph1930 Young Man of Manhattan
as Mary Brennan1930 Follow the Leader

TV Shows/Series with Ginger Rogers as Actress(13)

as herself2013 Talking Pictures
as Margaret Davis1984 Glitter
as Natalie Trent1982 Hotel
as Stella Logan1977 The Love Boat
as Herself - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show
as herself1968 Here's Lucy

Born: Sunday, 07/16 1911 (July) in Independence
Died: Tuesday, 04/25 1995 (April) in Rancho Mirage (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Employer: Warner Bros.
Member of: Daughters of the American Revolution
Other names for Ginger Rogers (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Feathers (nickname)"
"Virginia Katherine McMath"
Ginger Rogers frequently works together with these people:
Mel Berns (28x, Crew)
Van Nest Polglase (22x, Crew)
Fred Astaire (21x, Actor)
Hermes Pan (17x, Crew)
Pandro S. Berman (16x, Crew)
Darrell Silvera (15x, Crew)
Vernon L. Walker (14x, Crew)
Cary Grant (11x, Actor)
Bess Flowers (11x, Actress)
Allan Scott (11x, Crew)
Arte Johnson (10x, Actor)
Carroll Clark (10x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:28698, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 07/09/2020