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Ginger Rogers

Knowledge Identifier: +Ginger_Rogers


Ginger Rogers

American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1911.

Countries: United States (67%), Oregon (8%), United Kingdom (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Oregon

Linked to: Paramount Pictures, Green B. Trimble Technical High School, Republican Party, CBS




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Ginger Rogers was born in 1911 add something


For many years, Rogers regularly supported, and held in-person presentations, at the Craterian Theater, in Medford, Oregon, where she had performed in 1926 as a vaudevillian add something


She entered and won a Charleston dance contest which allowed her to tour for six months, at one point in 1926 performing at an 18-month-old theater called "The Craterian" in Medford, Oregon add something


When the tour got to New York City , she stayed, getting radio singing jobs and her Broadway theater debut in a musical called "Top Speed", which opened on Christmas Day, 1929 add something


Rogers' first marriage was at age 17 to her dancing partner Jack Pepper on March 29, 1929 add something


In 1930, she was signed by Paramount Pictures to a seven-year contract add something


This was driven not by diminished popularity, but by the hard 1930s economic reality add something


Hermes Pan (choreographer) - He first met Ginger Rogers in 1930, when he appeared as a chorus singer in the Broadway musical "Top Speed


George Stevens - He went on in the late 1930s to direct several Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire movies, not only with the two actors together, but on their own


They divorced in 1931, having separated soon after the wedding add something


Lew Ayres - He was married to actress Lola Lane from 1931 until 1933 and to actress Ginger Rogers from 1934 until 1940


Joan Barclay - From 1932 to 1935 she would have thirteen uncredited film roles, which included an uncredited role in the 1932 film "42nd Street", which was Ginger Rogers' breakthrough movie


Evalyn Knapp - In 1932, Knapp was one of fourteen girls, including Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars"


Rogers introduced some celebrated numbers from the Great American Songbook, songs such as Harry Warren and Al Dubin's "The Gold Diggers' Song " from "Gold Diggers of 1933" , "Music Makes Me" from "Flying Down to Rio" , "The Continental" from "The Gay Divorcee" , Irving Berlin's "Let Yourself Go" from "Follow the Fleet" , the Gershwins' "Embraceable You" from "Girl Crazy" and "They All Laughed " from "Shall We Dance" add something


Fred Astaire - On his return to RKO, he got fifth billing after fourth billed Ginger Rogers in the 1933 Dolores del Río vehicle Flying Down to Rio. In a review, Variety magazine attributed its massive success to Astaire's presence: "The main point of Flying Down to Rio is the screen promise of Fred Astaire .


Stanley Donen - The film that had the strongest impact on him was the 1933 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical "Flying Down to Rio"


Dwight Taylor (writer) - In 1934, Taylor adapted his play "Gay Divorce" for RKO Studios, which renamed it "The Gay Divorcee" and used it as the vehicle to debut the dance team of Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers


Herb Magidson - In 1934, he won the first Academy *award for Best Original Song along with Con Conrad for his lyrics to "The Continental", used in "The Gay Divorcee" starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers


Irene Dunne - She starred, and sang "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", in the 1935 Fred Astaire- Ginger Rogers film version of the musical "Roberta"


George Gershwin - After Porgy and Bess, Gershwin eventually was commissioned by RKO Pictures in 1936 to compose songs and the underscore for Shall We Dance, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


Harriet Nelson - RKO Radio Pictures signed her to a one-year contract in 1936, and she appeared in three feature films, the most famous being the Fred Astaire- Ginger Rogers musical "Follow the Fleet"


Hermes Pan (choreographer) - From on the two began a lifelong professional collaboration and friendship which included all the RKO Astaire pictures, including "A Damsel in Distress" in which Ginger Rogers did not appear, and for which he was *awarded the 1937 Academy *award for Best Dance Direction


Victor Baravalle - He was the musical director for three of the Fred Astaire- Ginger Rogers films, "A Damsel in Distress" in 1937, "Carefree" in 1938 and 1939's "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle", which is the last film Astaire and Rogers made together at RKO.


Anthony Veiller - In 1937, he co-wrote the screenplay for Stage Door, starring Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Adolphe Menjou


Theodore Kosloff - Kosloff's last film role was an uncredited role as a dance instructor in the 1937 Gregory La Cava directed "Stage Door", opposite Ginger Rogers, Katharine_Hepburn and Adolphe Menjou


David Niven - In 1939, he co-starred with Ginger Rogers in the RKO comedy "Bachelor Mother", and starred as the eponymous gentleman safe-cracker in "Raffles"


She enjoyed considerable success during the early 1940s, and was RKO's hottest property during this period add something


Joan Carroll - Born as "'Joan Felt"', she became an accomplished child actress, scoring personal successes on Broadway in the hit musical "Panama Hattie", and the 1940 film, "Primrose Path", as Ginger Rogers's younger sister


J. Edgar Hoover - Hack reported that, during the 1940s and 1950s, Hoover so often attended social events with Lela Rogers, the divorced mother of dancer and actress Ginger Rogers, that many of their mutual friends assumed the pair would eventually marry


In 1941, Rogers won the Academy award for Best Actress for her role in 1940's "Kitty Foyle" add something


Paul Jarrico - His 1941 film "Tom, Dick and Harry", starring Ginger Rogers, was nominated for an Academy *award for Best Original Screenplay


George Montgomery (actor) - In 1942, he played opposite Gene Tierney in "China Girl", jazz musician Glenn Miller in "Orchestra Wives", and Ginger Rogers in "Roxie Hart"


In 1943, Rogers married her third husband, Jack Briggs, a Marine add something


Edith Head - In 1944, she gained public attention for the top mink-lined gown she created for Ginger Rogers in "Lady in the Dark", which gained notoriety due to its being counter to the mood of wartime austerity


Arthur Freed reunited her with Fred Astaire in "The Barkleys of Broadway" in 1949 add something


From the 1950s onwards, Rogers would make occasional appearances on television add something


Rogers' film career entered a period of gradual decline in the 1950s, as parts for older actresses became more difficult to obtain, but she still scored with some solid movies add something


Howard Hawks - Later in 1952 Hawks re-teamed with Cary Grant for the fifth and final time in the screwball comedy Monkey Business, starring Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Rogers.


Kathryn Grayson - Grayson teamed again with Keel in the 1952 Technicolor musical "Lovely to Look At", a remake of the 1935 Astaire and Rogers film "Roberta"


Marge Champion - MGM wanted the couple to remake Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films, but only one, "Lovely to Look At" , a remake of 1935's "Roberta", was completed


Nico Minardos - Nico Minardos made his first appearance in front of the Hollywood cameras as an extra in the 1952 film "Monkey Business", starring Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe


Monkey Business (1952 film) - "'Monkey Business"' is a 1952 American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht, which stars Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Charles Coburn, and Marilyn Monroe


In 1953 she married Jacques Bergerac, a French actor 16 years her junior, whom she met on a trip to Paris add something


Laraine Day - Day was politically conservative and in October 1960 she appeared in the Nixon-Lodge Bumper Sticker Motorcade Campaign in Los Angeles along with such fellow Republicans as Ginger Rogers, Cesar_Romero, Irene Dunne, Dick Powell, Mary Pickford and John Payne


They married in 1961, and divorced in 1971, after his bouts with alcohol, and the financial collapse of their joint film production company in Jamaica add something


Johnny Green - In 1965, Green conducted the music for that year's new adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's only musical for television, "Cinderella", starring Lesley Ann Warren, Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rogers, and Stuart Damon


CBS - It was subsequently remade by CBS in 1965; that version starred Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Ginger Rogers and Walter Pidgeon among others, and added a new song, "Loneliness of Evening", which had been composed for "South Pacific" in 1949 but not sung in that musical


In 1969, she had the lead role in another long-running popular production of "Mame", from the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in the West End of London , arriving for the role on the Liner QE2 from New York add something


She appeared with Ball in an episode of "Here's Lucy" on November 22, 1971, in which Rogers danced the Charleston for the first time in many years add something


Burt Lancaster - Following two minor heart attacks he had to undergo an emergency quadruple heart bypass in 1983, after which he was extremely weak, but he still managed to attend a 1988 Congressional hearing with old colleagues such as Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers to protest media magnate Ted Turner's plan to colorize various black-and-white films from the 1930s and '40s.


In 1985, Rogers fulfilled a long-standing wish to direct, when she directed the musical "Babes in Arms" off-Broadway in Tarrytown, New York, New York, when she was 74 years old add something


In 1986, shortly before his death, Astaire remarked, "All the girls I ever danced with thought they couldn't do it, but of course they could add something


James Stewart - Smith Goes to Washington" in 1988, when he made an impassioned plea in Congressional hearings, along with colleagues Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and film director Martin Scorsese, against Ted Turner's decision to 'colorize' classic black and white films, including It's a Wonderful Life.


Rogers remained at the 4-Rs until 1990, when she sold the property and moved to nearby Medford, Oregon add something


In 1992, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her add something


The Kennedy Center honored Ginger Rogers in December 1992 add something

Ginger Rogers died in 1995 add something


Rogers died at her Rancho Mirage, California home on April 25, 1995, at the age of 83 add something


The theater was comprehensively restored in 1997, and posthumously renamed in her honor, as the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater add something


Marshall Mason directed its first production in 2001 starring Donna McKechnie and Nili Bassman and was choreographed by Randy Skinner add something


Jerome Kern - Oxford Reference Online, accessed May 15, 2010 Also with Fields, he wrote two new songs, "I Won't Dance" and "Lovely to Look At", for the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film version of "Roberta" , which was a hit


Summer Strallen - She created the Ginger Rogers role of Dale Tremont in the new musical adaptation of "Top Hat", which began a UK tour in August 2011


The home is currently being restored and will be open to the public in 2018 add something