Ginger Rogers –whose real name was Virginia Katherine McMath- was born on July 16 of 1911, and passed away on April 25 of 1995. She performed in vaudeville shows and Broadway as well as acting in several short-films before gaining a small role in the feature length musical Young man of Manhattan (1930).
She had a mildly successful carrier playing stereotypical female roles, ranging from chorus girl to vamp woman. She even ventured into dramatic territory, winning an Academy Award for her portrayal of Kitty Foyle in the homonymous melodrama of 1940.
But to fans of musicals she’ll always be remembered as the beautiful, talented and spirited partner of Fred Astaire, with whom she danced and sung in ten films, many of which are considered musical masterpieces.
An artist, sportswoman, conservative lady, marvelous dancer and talented dame, she was the picture of beauty and grace, and one of the brightest stars of cinematographic musicals.
– Young man of Manhattan (1930)
– The sap from Syracuse (1930)
– Queen high (1930)
– Follow the leader (1930)
– Carnival boat (1932)
– 42nd Street (1933)
– Gold diggers of 1933 (1933)
– Sitting pretty (1933)
– Flying down to Rio (1933)
– Twenty million sweethearts (1934)
– The gay divorcee (1934)
– Roberta (1935)
– Top hat (1935)
– Follow the fleet (1936)
– Swing time (1936)
– Shall we dance (1937)
– Carefree (1938)
– The story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
– Lady in the dark (1944)
– Week-end at the Waldorf (1945)
– The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)