Ginger Rogers biography:
Ginger Rogers was born in Independence, Missouri, USA, on July 16th 1911. Her actual name was Virginia Katherine McMath. Her mother, Lelee Owens McMath, and her father, Eddins McMath, divorced when she was very young. Ginger and her mother then moved to Texas. Her father tried to take Ginger back twice, but both times he failed. In Texas, Ginger went to school, while her mother worked in the theatre. The name “Ginger” actually came from her younger cousin, who couldn’t pronounce “Virginia”, but “Ginger”. In 1918, Ginger’s mother met John Rogers, and in 1920, they got married.
When Ginger was younger, she always thought that when she would grow-up, she would be a schoolteacher. But because of her mother working in a theatre, she changed her mind. Ginger would act, sing and dance on stage, she joined lots of drama classes and at the age of 14, she would also joined charity shows.
The Big Career
Ginger Rogers would act in “Vaudeville” and “Broadway”, at the age of 17. She was in a few short films. She moved to New York and starred in her first entire film in 1929, “A night in a dormitory”, followed by two further movies (A day of a man of affairs & Campus sweethearts).
Ginger Rogers was married five times, remained childless. Her best friends were Lucille Ball and Bette Davis, whom she met at her mother’s theatre workshops. She was a teetotaller, her favourite drink was an Ice-cream soda, which is the only thing stocked in her bar at home. Pink was her favourite colour.
The Star Fame
In 1933, Ginger Rogers was paired with Fred Astaire, in “Flying down to Rio”. That is where she achieved her real fame and they were called one of the Best film couples ever. Later on in 1935, Fred & Ginger filmed “Roberta” and “Top Hat”, they made over ten films together. Ginger Rogers starred in comedies and films, throughout the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s. Fred nicknamed her “Feathers” because of the dress she wore in “Cheek to Cheek” as the feathers got stuck on his perfect black suit.
The End of Rogers
In 1984, Ginger Rogers retired and wrote her autobiography in 1991. Which was titled “Ginger, my story”.
On April 25th, 1995, in Ranch Mirage CA, Ginger died at the aged of 83 due to natural causes.
She is remembered for her fantastic dancing and many continue to use her moves on stage.