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 Shall We Dance

Shall We Dance

1937 NR

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers kick up their heels on an ocean liner in this musical. Ballet star Pete Peters (Astaire) is in love with celebrity Linda Keene (Rogers), and his infatuation leads him to set sail across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, he hardly knows her, but a little white lie results in everyone thinking the two stars are married. George and Ira Gershwin provide the musical score that includes "They Can't Take That Away from Me."

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