Ginger rogers

Ginger Rogers. (Virginia Katherine McMath). She was an American actress , dancer, and singer . In his 35-year career, he made a total of 73 films , although his most memorable roles were those he played alongside Fred Astaire in a series of ten musical films, which revolutionized the concept of the modern musical.


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  • 1 Biographical synthesis
    • 1 Childhood and youth
    • 2 Conjugal ties
    • 3 Dance and cinema
      • 3.1 Hollywood
      • 3.2 With Fred Astaire
      • 3.3 Solo
      • 3.4 Decline
    • 4 Death
  • 2 Awards and nominations
  • 3 See also
  • 4 External links
  • 5 Sources

Biographical synthesis

Childhood and youth

Virginia Katherine McMath was born in Independence , Missouri , United States , the daughter of Eddins McMath (Scottish) and Lela Owens McMath (Welsh). Shortly after his birth his parents separated and he went to live near Kansas City with his mother. Due to the persistent fight of his parents for his custody, he stayed permanently with his grandparents Walter and Saphrona Owens. Her family begins to call her “Ginga” giving rise to her stage name.

His mother remarries Virginia being 9 years old with John Logan Rogers, reason why the girl began to use the name of Rogers, never being legally adopted. They lived in Fort Worth , Texas , and their mother began working as a theater critic for a local newspaper, the Fort Worth Record. This is how Ginger became interested in show business. Waiting for her mother while the interviews ended, Ginger began to sing and dance on stage.

In 1940, Rogers bought a 1,000-acre ranch in Oregon, dubbing it 4-R’s (for Rogers’s Rogue River Ranch). There he lived for 50 years, a period in which his mother died, in 1977 . There he would supply milk during the Second World War . Rogers went fishing every day on the Rogue River every summer. Politically, Rogers was from the Republican Party . In fact, mother and daughter fought intensely on behalf of the Anti-American Activities Committee.

Marital ties


Ginger rogers

Rogers was married five times. The first marriage was to Jack Pepper, on March 29 , 1929 , and lasted a few months. In 1934 she married her second husband Lew Ayres ( 1908 – 1996 ), from whom she divorced in 1941 . Two years later, she married her third, Jack Briggs, whom she divorced in 1949 . In 1953 Rogers met her fourth husband, lawyer Jacques Bergerac, who was 16 years younger than her, and who later became an actor and executive in a cosmetic company. She divorced him in 1957 . And in 1961 , she married her fifth husband, the directorand producer William Marshall from whom he parted ways in 1971 .

Dance and cinema

At age 14, Ginger made her show business debut. Then he was followed by winning the contest with a Charleston dance , at Eddie Foy’s vaudeville show, where he was looking for young talents. Thus began a tour with the variety theater throughout the country for the next three years. In full adolescence he toured the classic circuits of the musical. Later, he would travel to New York with his mother. There he began to do different jobs on the radio and on Broadway , where he made his debut with a musical called “Top Speed”, which premiered on December 25, 1929 . She was later cast in the Broadway musical Girl Crazy by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.. Her appearance, praised by New York critics, prompted her to try to start a film career.


In Hollywood he made his debut in a brief role, but very well achieved, with “Young man of Manhattan” The Tip Off “( 1930 ). Shortly after would come titles such as “( 1931 ),” The gangster’s girlfriend “( 1932 ),” 42nd Street “( 1933 ) or” Vampiresas 33 “(1933), films that would give her a fresh, but sensual image in Hollywood. from the early 1930s.

Along with Fred Astaire


With Fred Astaire

From 1933 he began his fruitful collaboration with Fred Astaire ; Both formed one of the most famous film couples of the 30s and it would be precisely in the nine films in which she worked with the dancer that they will make her shine. Although we must not omit Ginger Rogers’ own talent as an actress to which we must add her great skills as a dancer and singer . The Astaire-Rogers duo made such outstanding films as “Flight to Rio”, “The Merry Divorcee”, … but without a doubt their best title was “Top Hat”.

In solitary

Despite her success with Astaire, the actress always tried to enhance her solo career. He achieved several personal triumphs in the intrigue comedy “Midnight Star” ( 1935 ) with William Powell, “In Person” (1935), “Ladies of the Theater ” ( 1937 ) with Katharine Hepburn in one of his best non-musical performances. , “A female ruse” ( 1938 ) with James Stewart or “The girl from Fifth Avenue” ( 1939 ) accompanying Walter Connolly. After his separation from Astaire, Rogers commented that he did not plan to do musicals for a season. And his first non-musical role came in 1939where he teamed up with David Niven and Charles Coburn in Garson Kanin’s Bachelor Mother.

With Sam Wood’s Mirage of Love (Kitty Foyle), she won the Oscar for best actress for a role that, as is often the case, is not among her best performances. From there, his role offers multiplied and he starred in films such as “United by fortune” ( 1940 ) with Ronald Colman, “El mayor y la menor” (“The major and the minor”), his debut in Hollywood as director of Billy Wilder (1942) with Ray Milland, “Once upon a honeymoon” ( 1942 ) with Cary Grant, “Life partner” ( 1943 ) with Robert Ryan, “I’ll see you again” ( 1944 ) with Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple in an estimable Selznick-produced melodrama “Weekend”) or the remake of the classic “Grand hotel” ( 1932 , Edmund Goulding) with Van Johnson, or the aforementioned “Come back to me” in which the great producer Arthur Freed brought them together again ten years later.



Elegance and sensuality

Beginning in the 1950s , Rogers’ career entered a gentle but steady decline, confirmed in the following decade: the frenzied and corrosive “I Feel Rejuvenated” ( 1952 ), along with Cary Grant , Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe was his only great success at this time, although both “We are not married” (1952) and “Forever Female” ( 1953 ) with William Holden contain wonderful interpretations of the Rogers.


Ginger Rogers spent his last summers at the ranch Rancho Mirage in California , and winters in Medford ( Oregon ) until his death from angina pectoris, 25 of April of 1995 . She was buried in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth , California. The Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford was named after him.

Awards and nominations

Eternally related to the figure of Astaire, she presented the Oscars in 1950 and 1967 . In 1992 , Rogers received an honorary Oscar for his career.


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