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Transcript of Ginger Rogers
Born July 16, 1911
Famous Lindy Hopper and film actress
Rogers died in 1995, attaining the age of 83
Ginger Rogers' parents divorced shortly after her birth. Her mother worked in Hollywood, and became Rogers' legal guardian after the divorce. While waiting for her mother to finish work in Majestic Hall, Rogers would sing and dance along to the performers on stage. This was one of her first experiences with music. A cousin of Rogers had trouble pronouncing "Virginia" (Rogers' birth name) and instead called her "Ginga." This nickname stuck with her and formed into Ginger.
Ginger Rogers' entrance into music was not purposeful. When she went to see the vaudeville act of Eddie Foy, they needed an immediate stand in. Rogers danced with the traveling performers and won a Charleston Dance Contest which then allowed her to tour for six months. At 17, Rogers married singer, dancer, comedian, and recording artist Jack Culpepper. With Culpepper, Rogers performed a double vaudeville act but the marriage ended within a few months. Later, Rogers had her first Broadway Act-a musical called
. This made Rogers widely recognized. What truly made Rogers a star, however, was when she starred in the Broadway musical
. After signing a 7 year contract with Paramount Pictures, Rogers starred in such films as
Night in the Dormitory
Follow the Fleet
Contribution To Lindy Hop and Awards
Rogers set an example in dance; she was considered to be one of the most graceful and smooth dancers. Rogers' long dance relationship with Fred Astaire displayed an extremely productive and good partnership in dance. She also received the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1941.
Rogers was an only child, and had a good relationship with her mother. Rogers was married a total of five times to Jack Pepper, Lew Ayres, Jack Briggs, Jacques Bergerac, and William Marshall. Rogers did not have any children and was not married at the time of her death. Furthermore, Rogers was stayed friends with actresses Lucille Ball and Bette Davis all her life and even starred in an episode of Lucille Ball's "Here's Lucy."
Rogers continued to host and make appearances at award shows, as well as guest hosting many television shows. She died on April 25, 1995 at the age of 83. Rogers suffered a stroke that left her partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Despite this, she never once went to a doctor or hospital. She died not much later in her Rancho Mirage Home from a heart attack. She was cremated, her remains buried aside her mother's in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ginger Rogers as a young woman:
Rogers performing with Fred
Rogers with Fred Astaire in the 1980's