Virginia Katherine McMath, 16 July 1911, Independence, Missouri, USA, d. 25 April 1995, Rancho Mirage, California, USA. A charming and vivacious actress, dancer and singer, Ginger Rogers became a movie legend after partnering Fred Astaire in a series of memorable musicals between 1933 and 1949. She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and, after winning a Charleston contest at the age of 15, worked in vaudeville for a time before making a big impression in the 1929 Guy Bolton - Bert Kalmar - Harry Ruby Broadway musical Top Speed. A year later she played the lovelorn postmistress Molly Gray, introducing George Gershwin and Ira Gershwins lovely song But Not For Me, in Girl Crazy. Also in 1930, Rogers made her first feature film, Young Man Of Manhattan, which was followed by several others, in which she generally played streetwise blondes (after dying her hair), including 42nd Street (as Anytime Annie) and Gold Diggers Of 1933. That was also the year in...
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