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Ginger Rogers

Virginia Katherine McMath

Actress, Dancer, Singer

(1911 - 1995)

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Ginger Rogers began dancing as a child and won a Charleston contest at 14, which put her on the vaudeville circuit. Her success took her to Broadway in 1929, where she received flattering notices despite Top Speed’s short run. At the same time she was making her (full-length) film debut in Young Man of Manhattan. In 1930 she starred in the Gershwins’ Girl Crazy where she made a hit introducing “Embraceable You” and “But Not for Me.”

When the show closed she went to Hollywood and, after nearly 20 films, was paired with Fred Astaire in Flying Down to Rio. The pair was such a hit, even though they did not star in the movie, that they made eight more mostly stunning films together as headliners. Rogers also starred in several noteworthy comedies: Star of Midnight (1935) with William Powell, The Major and the Minor (1942) with Ray Milland, and Monkey Business (1952) with Cary Grant. Her dramatic roles were equally fine: Stage Door (1937), with an all-star cast; Kitty Foyle (1940), for which she won a Best Actress Oscar; and Weekend at the Waldorf (1945), a remake of Grand Hotel.

Rogers took on Broadway again, revitalizing Hello! Dolly in 1965 and taking Mame to London for a 14-month run in 1969. She was a frequent guest on television, an accomplished painter and sculptress, and an award winning tennis player and skeet shooter. Her inimitable “little girl” voice is remembered fondly (by those old enough to recall) in her early 1940’s recording of Alice in Wonderland. In 1992 she received the Kennedy Center award for lifetime achievements.

- Sandra Burlingame

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology

Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

Ginger & Fred, Vol. 1

Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

Ginger & Fred at RKO

Ginger Rogers

Top Hat/Blue Skies

Flying Down to Rio and Carefree

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

Golden Voices (Remastered)

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Reading and Viewing

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Ginger Rogers

Ginger: My Story

It Books

Sheridan Morley

Shall We Dance: The Life of Ginger Rogers

St. Martins Press

Jocelyn Faris

Ginger Rogers: A Bio-Bibliography

Greenwood Press

Edward Gallafent

Astaire and Rogers

Columbia University Press

Marilyn Henry

Ginger Rogers Paper Dolls

Paper Studio Press

Homer Dickens

The Films of Ginger Rogers

Lyle Stuart

Lela E. Rogers

Ginger Rogers and the Riddle of the Scarlet Cloak: An Original Story Featuring Ginger Rogers Famous Motion-Picture Star as the Heroine

Whitman Pub. Co

George Baxt

The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Murder Case

St Martins Pr

Dick Richards

Ginger: salute to a star

Clifton Books

Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, Marilyn Monroe

Monkey Business (1952)


Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller

Stage Door (1937)


Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

Flying Down to Rio

Turner Home Ent


John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Frank Conroy, Joan Crawford

Grand Hotel

Warner Home Video


Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Stuart Damon

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Sony Pictures


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore

Top Hat

Turner Home Ent


Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland

The Major and the Minor (Universal Cinema Classics)

Universal Studios


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers

Astaire & Rogers Collection, Vol. 2 (Flying Down to Rio / The Gay Divorcee / Roberta / Carefree / The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle)

Warner Home Video


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore

Swing Time

Turner Home Ent


Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig, Tex Avery, Dick Nelson

Kitty Foyle

Turner Home Ent


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

The Gay Divorcee

Turner Home Ent


Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten, Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Tom Tully

I'll Be Seeing You

MGM (Video & DVD)


Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley


Warner Home Video


William Powell, Ginger Rogers

Star of Midnight (1935)


Ray Milland, Ginger Rogers

The Major and the Minor (1942)


Ginger Rogers

Kitty Foyle (1940)


Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Van Johnson, Edward Arnold, Walter Pidgeon, Keenan Wynn, Robert Benchley

Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)


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