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Virginia Katherine McMath

Birthplace: Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
Death: April 25, 1995 (83)
Rancho Mirage, Riverside County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Eddins McMath and Lela E. Rogers
Ex-wife of Jack Pepper; Lew Ayres; Jack Briggs; Jacques Bergerac and William Marshall

Occupation: Actress, singer, dancer, artist
Managed by: Adam Robert Brown
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About Ginger Rogers

American stage and film dancer and actress Ginger Rogers along with Fred Astaire was the most legendary dancing team in film history; she was also a successful dramatic actress, even winning a Best Actress Oscar.

Born Virginia Katherine McMath, she began her dancing career in vaudeville and made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Top Speed. After starring in George Gershwin's Girl Crazy, she went to Hollywood and began performing in movies, typecast as a flippant blonde.Her first performance with Fred Astaire occurred in Flying Down to Rio, which was so popular that they continued the partnership in nine other films. Though best known for her dancing, Rogers preferred dramatic acting and in 1940 won an Academy Award for her leading role in Kitty Foyle. She also enjoyed a sure hand in light comedy and starred in such films as Tom, Dick and Harry and The Major and the Minor. Rogers returned to the Broadway stage in 1965 when she took over the role of Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly and followed that in 1969 with a star performance as Mame in London.

From the 1950s onwards, Rogers would make occasional appearances on television. 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 would be her final screen appearance as an actress.

Rogers had no children.

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in films, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century.


Top Hat 1935

Swing Time 1936

The Gay Divorcee 1934

Flying Down to Rio 1933

Shall We Dance 1937

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Ginger Rogers's Timeline

July 16, 1911
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, United States