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Ginger Rogers
Virginia Katherine McMath
BirthplaceIndependence, Missouri, USA
Actress, singer, artist, and dancer

Rogers, Ginger (b. Virginia Katherine McMath)

(1911–  ) movie actress; born in Independence, Mo. She made her professional debut at age 14 with Eddie Foy's vaudeville troupe; by 1928 she was appearing with her first husband, Jack Pepper, as a vaudeville song-and-dance team; she sang with a band, appeared in film shorts and in Broadway musicals, and made her screen debut in Young Man in Manhattan (1930). She and Fred Astaire were not given star billing when they first danced together in Flying Down to Rio (1933), but they stole the picture and went on to adorn nine more movies. She made several nonmusical roles—winning the Oscar for best actress in Kitty Foyle (1940)—and in 1945 was the highest paid performer in Hollywood. She continued in occasional movies until the mid-1960s but then found a new public when she took over the lead in such musicals as Hello, Dolly! and Mame. She served as a fashion consultant for the J. C. Penney retail stores in the 1970s.
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In 2000, the New Yorker congratulated Sue Williams on her metamorphosis from "the angriest woman in the art world" to a "sort of blissed-out innocent," a feminist turned formalist (as if these terms were mutually exclusive) who nonetheless was still resigned to playing "Ginger Rogers" to Willem de Kooning's "Fred Astaire." Now, five years later, such insidiously sycophantic gender politics are all but displaced, even if it is hard to see Williams's recent work apart from her earlier agitprop exercises in aggressive desublimation.
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