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Ginger Rogers

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   50% Carefree (1938)
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Birthplace:   Independence, Missouri, USA
In step with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers was one half of the most legendary dancing team in film history; she was also a successful dramatic actress, even winning a Best Actress Oscar. Born Virginia McMath on July 16, 1911, in Independence, MO, as a toddler, she relocated to Hollywood with her newly divorced mother, herself a screenwriter. At the age of six, Rogers was offered a movie contract, but her mother turned it down. The family later moved to Fort Worth, where she first began appearing in area plays and musical revues. Upon winning a Charleston contest in 1926, Rogers' mother declared her ready for a professional career, and she began working the vaudeville circuit, fronting an act dubbed "Ginger and the Redheads." After marrying husband Jack Pepper in 1928, the act became "Ginger and Pepper." She soon traveled to New York as a singer with Paul Ash & His Orchestra, and upon filming the Rudy Vallee short Campus Sweethearts, she won a role in the 1929 Broadway production Top Speed.On Broadway, Rogers earned strong critical notice as well as the attention of Paramount, who cast her in 1930's Young Man of Manhattan, becoming typecast as a quick-witted flapper. Back on Broadway, she and Ethel Merman starred in Girl Crazy. Upon signing a contract with Paramount, she worked at their Astoria studio by day and returned to the stage in the evenings; under these hectic conditions she appeared in a number of films, including The Sap From Syracuse, Queen High, and Honor Among Lovers. Rogers subsequently asked to be freed of her contract, but soon signed with RKO. When her Broadway run ended, she went back to Hollywood, starring in 1931's The Tip-Off and The Suicide Fleet. When 1932's Carnival Boat failed to attract any interest, RKO dropped her and she freelanced around town, co-starring with Joe E. Brown in the comedy The Tenderfoot, followed by a thriller, The Thirteenth Guest, for Monogram. Finally, the classic 1933 musical 42nd Street poised her on the brink of stardom, and she next appeared in Warner Bros.' Gold Diggers of 1933.Rogers then returned to RKO, where she starred in Professional Sweetheart; the picture performed well enough to land her a long-term contract, and features like A Shriek in the Night and Sitting Pretty followed. RKO then cast her in the musical Flying Down to Rio, starring Delores Del Rio; however, the film was stolen by movie newcomer Astaire, fresh from Broadway. He and Rogers did not reunite until 1934's The Gay Divorcee, a major hit. Rogers resisted typecasting as strictly a musical star, and she followed with the drama Romance in Manhattan. Still, the returns from 1935's Roberta, another musical venture with Astaire, made it perfectly clear what kinds of films audiences expected Rogers to make, and although she continued tackling dramatic roles when the opportunity existed, she rose to major stardom alongside Astaire in classics like Top Hat, 1936's Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, and Shall We Dance? Even without Astaire, Rogers found success in musical vehicles, and in 1937 she and Katharine Hepburn teamed brilliantly in Stage Door.After 1938's Carefree, Rogers and Astaire combined for one final film, the following year's The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, before splitting. She still harbored the desire to pursue a dramatic career, but first starred in an excellent comedy, Bachelor Mother. In 1940, Rogers starred as the titular Kitty Foyle, winning an Academy Award for her performance. She next appeared in the 1941 Garson Kanin comedy Tom, Dick and Harry. After starring opposite Henry Fonda in an episode of Tales of Manhattan, she signed a three-picture deal with Paramount expressly to star in the 1944 musical hit Lady in the Dark. There she also appeared in Billy Wilder's The Major and the Minor and Leo McCarey's Once Upon a Honeymoon. Rogers then made a series of films of little distinction, including 1945's Weekend at the Waldorf (for which she earned close to 300,000 dollars, making her one o

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Night in a Dormitory
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Astaire & Rogers Ultimate Collector's Edition
  • Actor
2006
100% That's Entertainment! III
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet That's Dancing!
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Herself
1984
No Score Yet Gotta Dance, Gotta Sing
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Cinderella
  • Queen
1965
No Score Yet Harlow
  • Mama Jean
1965
No Score Yet Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
  • Mildred Turner
1957
No Score Yet Teenage Rebel
  • Nancy Fallon
1956
No Score Yet The First Traveling Saleslady
  • Miss Rose Gillray
1956
No Score Yet Tight Spot
  • Sherry Conley
1955
No Score Yet Black Widow
  • Carlotta "Lottie" Marin
1954
No Score Yet Twist of Fate
  • 'Johnny' Victor
1954
No Score Yet Forever Female
  • Beatrice Page
1954
88% Monkey Business
  • Edwina Fulton
1952
No Score Yet Dreamboat
  • Gloria Marlowe
1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married
  • Ramona Gladwyn
1952
No Score Yet Groom Wore Spurs, The
  • 'A.J.' Furnival
1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning
  • Marsha Mitchell
1951
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers
  • Theresa (Terry) Scott
1950
64% The Barkleys of Broadway
  • Dinah Barkley
1949
No Score Yet It Had to Be You
  • Victoria Stafford
1947
No Score Yet Magnificent Doll
  • Dolly Payne Madison
1946
No Score Yet Heartbeat
  • Arlette Lafron
1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • Irene Malvern
1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You
  • Mary Marshall
1945
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark
  • Liza Elliott/Boss Lady
1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade
  • Jo
1943
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • Diane
1942
100% The Major and the Minor
  • Susan Applegate
1942
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon
  • Katie O'Hara
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Roxie Hart
1942
100% Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Janie
1941
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Kitty Foyle
1940
No Score Yet Primrose Path
  • Ellie May Adams
1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners
  • Jean Newton
1940
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl
  • Mary Grey
1939
No Score Yet Bachelor Mother
  • Polly Parrish
1939
67% The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
  • Irene Castle
1939
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Francey Brent
1938
50% Carefree
  • Amanda Cooper
1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Thelma 'Teddy' Shaw
1938
95% Stage Door
  • Jean Maitland
1937
88% Shall We Dance
  • Linda Keene
1937
100% Swing Time
  • Penelope Carrol
1936
78% Follow the Fleet
  • Sherry Martin
1936
No Score Yet In Person
  • Carol Corliss / aka Carol Colfax
1935
100% Top Hat
  • Dale Tremont
1935
No Score Yet Star of Midnight
  • Donna Mantin
1935
83% Roberta
  • Countess Scharwenka, Lizzie Gatz
1935
No Score Yet Romance in Manhattan
  • Sylvia Dennis
1935
100% The Gay Divorcee
  • Mimi Glossop
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Madge Rountree
1934
No Score Yet Finishing School
  • Cecilia 'Pony' Ferris
1934
No Score Yet Upper World
  • Lilly Linda
1934
100% Flying Down to Rio
  • Honey Hale
1933
No Score Yet Chance at Heaven
  • Marjorie 'Marje' / 'Mug' Harris
1933
No Score Yet Rafter Romance
  • Mary Carroll
1933
No Score Yet A Shriek in the Night
  • Patricia Morgan
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Glory Eden
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Fay Fortune
1933
95% 42nd Street
  • Ann Lowell
1933
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful
  • Alice Brandon
1932
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Guest
  • Lela / Marie Morgan
1932
No Score Yet Carnival Boat
  • Honey
1932
No Score Yet The Tenderfoot
  • Ruth Weston
1932
No Score Yet The Tip Off
  • Baby Face
1931

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing

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