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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the twentieth century. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films and is noted for her role as Fred Astaire's partner in a series of ten musical films. She achieved great success in a variety of film roles and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle. After winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest that launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actress for her stage debut in Girl Crazy. This led to a contract with Paramount Pictures, which ended after five films. Rogers had her first successful film role as a supporting actress in 42nd Street. In the 1930s, Rogers' nine films with Fred Astaire gave RKO Pictures some of its biggest successes, most notably Top Hat and Swing Time. But after two commercial failures with Astaire, she branched out into dramatic and comedy films. Her acting was well received by critics and audiences, and she became one of the biggest box-office draws and highest paid actresses of the 1940s. Her performance in Kitty Foyle won her the Oscar for Best Actress. Rogers' popularity peaked by the end of the decade. She reunited with Astaire in 1949 in the commercially successful The Barkleys of Broadway. After an unsuccessful period in the 1950s, she returned to Broadway in 1965, playing the lead role in Hello, Dolly!. More Broadway roles followed, along with her stage directorial debut in 1985 of an off-Broadway production of Babes in Arms. She also made television acting appearances until 1987. In 1992, Rogers was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors. She died of a heart attack in 1995, at age 83. Rogers is associated with the phrase "backwards and in high heels", which is attributed to Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest 1982 cartoon with the caption "Sure he [Astaire] was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did...backwards and in high heels". This phrase is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Ann Richards, who used it in her keynote address to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. A Republican and a devout Christian Scientist, Rogers married five times with all of them ending in divorce, and having no children. During her long career, Rogers made 73 films, and her musical films with Astaire are credited with revolutionizing the genre. Rogers was a major movie star during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood and is often considered an American icon. She ranks number 14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of female stars of classic American cinema. Her autobiography Ginger: My Story was published in 1991.

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Jul 16, 1911 In Independence, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Day of a Man of Affairs 1929-11-06
Latest Project:
Movie Astaire and Rogers Sing the Great American Songbook 2020-04-09
Known For
Poster of Sem Título #1: Dance of Leitfossil
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of What's My Line?
Movie Astaire and Rogers Sing the Great American Songbook Herself 2020-04-09
Movie Fred Astaire donne le 'la' Self (archive footage) 2017-12-24
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... Unknown 2014-02-01
Movie Sem Título #1: Dance of Leitfossil Unknown 2014-06-01
Series Talking Pictures Self (archive footage) 2013-01-05
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Unknown 2009-07-02
Movie Astaire and Rogers: Partners in Rhythm Various / Self (archive footage) 2006-10-24
Movie Reunited at MGM: Astaire and Rogers Together Again Self (archive footage) 2005-08-16
Movie Complicated Women Self (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie The Green Mile Actress in 'Top Hat' (archive footage) (uncredited) 1999-12-10
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Self 1987-07-03
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder Self 1986-04-26
Movie That's Dancing! Unknown 1985-01-01
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Series Glitter Margaret Davis 1984-09-13
Series Hotel Natalie Trent 1982-08-21
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Self 1978-12-28
Series The Love Boat Stella Logan 1977-09-24
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Series Great Performances Self 1971-01-28
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Series Here's Lucy Ginger Rogers 1968-09-23
Movie Cinderella Queen 1965-02-22
Movie Harlow Mama Jean Bello 1965-05-14
Movie The Love Goddesses Unknown 1965-03-03
Series The Hollywood Palace Self 1964-01-04
Movie The Confession Madame Rinaldi 1964-05-22
Series Vacation Playhouse Elizabeth Harcourt / Margaret Harcourt 1963-07-22
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Kay Neilson 1959-09-21
Movie Oh, Men! Oh, Women! Mildred Turner 1957-02-22
Series Tony Awards Self 1956-04-01
Movie The First Traveling Saleslady Rose Gillray 1956-08-01
Series The Steve Allen Show Self 1956-06-24
Movie Teenage Rebel Nancy Fallon 1956-11-01
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Self 1956-10-05
Movie Tight Spot Sherry Conley 1955-03-19
Movie Beautiful Stranger Johnny Victor 1954-07-13
Movie Black Widow Carlotta Marin 1954-10-28
Movie Forever Female Beatrice Page 1953-11-28
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-18
Movie We're Not Married! Ramona Gladwyn 1952-07-11
Movie Monkey Business Edwina Fulton 1952-09-03
Movie Dreamboat Gloria Marlowe 1952-07-26
Movie Storm Warning Marsha Mitchell 1951-02-10
Movie The Groom Wore Spurs AJ Furnival 1951-03-13
Series What's My Line? Self - Panelist 1950-02-02
Movie Perfect Strangers Terry Scott 1950-03-11
Movie The Barkleys of Broadway Dinah Barkley 1949-01-01
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie It Had to Be You Victoria Stafford 1947-12-07
Movie Heartbeat Arlette Lafron 1946-05-01
Movie Magnificent Doll Dolly Madison 1946-12-08
Movie Week-End at the Waldorf Irene Malvern 1945-10-04
Movie George White's Scandals Ginger Rogers (archive footage) (uncredited) 1945-10-09
Movie Lady in the Dark Liza Elliott 1944-02-10
Movie I'll Be Seeing You Mary Marshall 1944-12-31
Movie Tender Comrade Jo Jones 1944-05-30
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie Roxie Hart Roxie Hart 1942-02-20
Movie Tales of Manhattan Diane 1942-08-05
Movie Once Upon a Honeymoon Katherine Butt-Smith/Katie O'Hara 1942-11-27
Movie The Major and the Minor Susan Applegate 1942-09-16
Movie Tom, Dick and Harry Janie 1941-06-13
Movie Kitty Foyle Kitty Foyle 1940-12-27
Movie Primrose Path Ellie May Adams 1940-03-22
Movie Lucky Partners Jean Newton 1940-08-02
Movie The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Irene Castle 1939-03-29
Movie 5th Ave Girl Mary Grey 1939-09-22
Movie Bachelor Mother Polly Parrish 1939-06-30
Movie Vivacious Lady Francey Brent 1938-05-13
Movie Carefree Amanda Cooper 1938-09-02
Movie Having Wonderful Time Teddy Shaw 1938-07-01
Movie Screen Snapshots: Series 16, No. 12 Self 1937-08-13
Movie Shall We Dance Linda Keene 1937-05-07
Movie Stage Door Jean Maitland 1937-10-07
Movie Follow the Fleet Sherry Martin 1936-02-20
Movie Swing Time Penny Carrol 1936-08-27
Movie Romance in Manhattan Sylvia Dennis 1935-01-11
Movie Roberta Comtesse Scharwenka 1935-03-07
Movie In Person Carol Corliss 1935-11-22
Movie Star of Midnight Donna Mantin 1935-04-19
Movie Top Hat Dale Tremont 1935-08-29
Movie Upperworld Lilly Linda 1934-04-19
Movie Hollywood Newsreel Self 1934-03-24
Movie Finishing School Cecilia "Pony" Ferris 1934-05-04
Movie The Gay Divorcee Mimi Glossop 1934-10-12
Movie Change of Heart Madge Rountree 1934-05-18
Movie Twenty Million Sweethearts Peggy Cornell 1934-05-26
Movie Professional Sweetheart Glory Eden 1933-06-09
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 Fay Fortune 1933-05-27
Movie Broadway Bad Flip Daly 1933-02-24
Movie Don't Bet on Love Molly Gilbert 1933-06-30
Movie 42nd Street Ann Lowell 1933-03-11
Movie A Shriek in the Night Pat Morgan 1933-07-22
Movie Flying Down to Rio Honey Hale 1933-12-22
Movie Chance at Heaven Marge Harris 1933-10-27
Movie Sitting Pretty Dorothy 1933-11-23
Movie Rafter Romance Mary 1933-09-01
Movie The Tenderfoot Ruth Weston 1932-05-23
Movie Carnival Boat Honey 1932-03-19
Movie Hollywood on Parade Unknown 1932-06-05
Movie Hat Check Girl Jessie King 1932-10-08
Movie The Thirteenth Guest Lela / Marie Morgan 1932-08-09
Movie You Said a Mouthful Alice Brandon 1932-11-18
Movie Honor Among Lovers Doris Brown 1931-02-28
Movie The Tip-Off Baby Face 1931-10-16
Movie Suicide Fleet Sally 1931-11-20
Movie Campus Sweethearts Unknown 1930-03-09
Movie A Night in a Dormitory Ginger Rogers 1930-01-05
Movie Young Man of Manhattan Puff Randolph 1930-04-19
Movie Office Blues Miss Gravis 1930-11-22
Movie Follow the Leader Mary Brennan 1930-12-06
Movie Queen High Polly Rockwell 1930-08-23
Movie The Sap from Syracuse Ellen Saunders 1930-07-26
Movie A Day of a Man of Affairs Unknown 1929-11-06