Photo of Ginger Rogers Ginger Rogers

Best known as Fred Astaire's dance partner, Virginia McMath -- aka Ginger Rogers -- entered the world July 16, 1911, in Independence, Mo. Rogers hit the vaudeville circuit as a teen and in 1929 landed in a Broadway production that parlayed into her film debut in Young Man of Manhattan (1930).

Rogers' initial break came with a turn in the 1933 musical 42nd Street, and when she was cast opposite Astaire in Flying Down to Rio (1933), a magical terpsichorean screen team was born. The pair made 10 pictures together that embody the genteel charm of Hollywood's golden age. Rogers also tackled dramatic parts, winning a Best Actress Oscar for her stirring performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).

A 1949 re-pairing with Astaire in The Barkleys of Broadway revitalized Rogers' movie career, but she returned to stage work after 1957, making her last film, Harlow, in 1965. She died of heart failure April 25, 1995.

Ginger Rogers in Top Hat

Top Hat

1935 NR

This joyous Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical features an Irving Berlin score and the classic duet "Cheek to Cheek." Astaire stars as Jerry Travers, a singer-dancer who auditions some new moves for producer Horace Hardwick at his hotel. The beautiful Dale Tremont (Rogers) is staying downstairs and the wackiness begins when she mistakes Jerry for Horace in this romantic comedy that received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

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