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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers (actress, born July 16, 1911, Independence, MO; died April 25, 1995) For generations of moviegoers around the world, the pinnacle of glamour, romance, grace, and beauty is reached that moment on screen when Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire face the music and dance. Their glorious collaboration on 10 hit musicals determined the way America moved and dreamed throughout the 1930s, and they remain the most popular screen duo in the history of movies. Trying to explain their enduring charisma, a reporter once said, "Together they gave millions a vision of emotion in motion that liberates the heart as wings liberate a bird." Katherine Hepburn said more frankly: "Astaire gave her class; Rogers gave him sex." Born Virginia Katherine McMath, she was already known as Ginger in 1924 when she made her stage debut.