b. 16 July 1911, Independence, Missouri, USA
d. 25 April 1995, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
Co-starred with Fred in Flying Down To Rio, The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat, Follow The Fleet, Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Carefree, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, and The Barkleys of Broadway
Joint presenters of the Writing Awards at the 39th Annual Academy Awards
One half of the most famous onscreen partnership in movie history. Don't forget that she did everything Fred did... backwards and in high heels!
She began her dancing career in vaudeville and made her Broadway debut in 1929 in Top Speed. She starred in Girl Crazy (1930-31), songs by the Gershwins, where she was introduced to Fred when he was called in by the producers to restage "Embraceable You." They dated briefly before she went off to Hollywood and began performing in movies, typecast as a flippant blonde.
Her first performance with Fred occurred in Flying Down to Rio, where their pairing 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.
She was married five times and divorced five times, and also dated several of the leading names in Hollywood, including Howard Hughes and Cary Grant. In 1984 she retired and wrote an autobiography, "Ginger, My Story," which was published in 1991. She died in 1995 of natural causes in her home in Rancho Mirage, California at the age of 83.
For more information:
The Ginger Rogers Scrapbook
Ginger Rogers Page
The Internet Movie Database