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Ginger Rogers
Original name: Virginia Katherine McMath
Birth: Jul. 16, 1911
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1995
Rancho Mirage
Riverside County
California, USA

Actress, Singer. Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri, she was given the name "Ginger" by her cousin, who could not pronounce "Virginia" correctly. After her family moved to Texas when she was a toddler, her parents divorced, and her father died when she was 11. She then moved with her mother to her grandparents' home in Kansas City, Missouri, where she was raised. Her mother went to Hollywood, California in search of work as a screenwriter, and quickly found a job there. However, her mother then remarried and moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Ginger Rogers graduated from high school. Appearing in school theatrical productions, she discovered her love of acting. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City, New York, and got a job in the Broadway production of "Top Speed" (1929). Her work there got her an invitation for a screen test, and she was quickly hired. Her first film role in 1929's "A Night in a Dormitory" was a minor part, but it was her start in Hollywood. She made two quick films "A Day of a Man of Affairs" (1929) and "Campus Sweethearts" (1929), which got her better parts. In the film "Gold Diggers of 1933" (1933), she became noticed by the public for the first time when she sang "We're in the Money," even though she did not play the lead role. In 1934, she starred with Dick Powell in "Twenty Million Sweethearts" which built her popularity with the public. Her real stardom hit in 1933, when she was paired with Fred Astaire in "Flying Down to Rio," in which their dancing the Carioca cemented their popularity with moviegoers. She and Astaire then went on to make eight more movies, dancing in each, and the pair quickly became Hollywood Icons. In 1940, she starred in "Kitty Foyle," which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She then decided to strike out on her own, and continued to make dramatic movies. In 1965, she appeared for the last time in "Harlow", after which she appeared only in plays and on Broadway. In 1984, she retired, and wrote her autobiography "Ginger, My Story" (1991). Suffering from diabetes in her final years, she died of natural causes in 1995 at Rancho Mirage, California. She was married four times, including marriages to actors Jack Pepper (1928 to 1930) and Lew Ayres (1934 to 1941). 
Family links: 
  William Eddins McMath (1880 - 1925)
  Lela E. Owens Rogers (1890 - 1977)
  Lew Ayres (1908 - 1996)
  John Calvin Briggs (1920 - 1998)
  Jacques Bergerac (1927 - 2014)*
  Jack Pepper (1902 - 1979)*
  Lela McMath (____ - 1909)*
  Ginger Rogers (1911 - 1995)
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles County
California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 34.25171, -118.61855
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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I put real flowers on your grave once dear Ginger. I hope to visit you and you lovely mother Lela again. Love and miss you in peace...xx
- Jonsey<3
 Added: Jan. 21, 2017
It was such a joy to have met you, no matter how briefly.
- Michael
 Added: Jan. 19, 2017
You were just wonderful ginger! Not only your movies with the wonderful Mr Astaire but the movies you made without him. You continue to entertain even though you've been gone for 20 years. I hope you and Fred are dancing in heaven!
- Kelly
 Added: Jan. 17, 2017
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