Ginger Rogers

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  • Birth Name: Virginia Katherine McMath
  • Birth Place: Independence, Missouri, United States
  • Died: April 25, 1995
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer
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Fast Facts

  • Took the name Rogers from her stepfather, although she was never legally adopted by him.
  • Was nicknamed "Ginger" by a cousin who could not pronounce "Virginia" correctly.
  • Won the Texas State Charleston Championships at age 14. The prize was a spot on a traveling vaudeville show. 
  • First collaborated with Fred Astaire in 1933's Flying Down to Rio. The duo would eventually star in nine more Hollywood musicals together. 
  • Although best known as a dancer, she won her only Oscar in 1941 for her non-dancing role in Kitty Foyle. 
  • Published her autobiography, Ginger: My Story, in 1991.

Awards

  • 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Walter Owens — Grandfather
  • William Marshall — Ex-husband
  • Lela Emogene Owens — Mother
  • Jacques Bergerac — Ex-husband
  • Lew Ayres — Ex-husband
  • Saphrona Owens — Grandmother
  • Jack Pepper — Ex-husband
  • John Logan Rogers — Stepfather
  • William Eddins McMath — Father
  • Jack Briggs — Ex-husband

Details

  • Birth Name: Virginia Katherine McMath
  • Birth Place: Independence, Missouri, United States
  • Died: April 25, 1995
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer, Singer

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