Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday, June 27, 1933

It rained this morning. Went to town. I got me a new pair of pink pajamas, a bathing suit and a cap.

Ginger Rogers (1911 - 1995)

Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri,
Rogers was an only child who spent most of her  youth in Kansas City.
Her nickname, "Ginger," came from a younger cousin who called her Jinja.
After her parents' divorce and her mother's remarriage, she took Rogers
(her stepfather's last name) as her own last name. She performed in vaudeville
and on Broadway. Her appearance in the play "Girl Crazy" made her an overnight
star at age 19 and earned her a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

Rogers went on to star in 73 movies. While she's probably best known for "dancing backwards
in high heels" with Fred Astaire, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1940 for
her performance in Kitty Foyle. Married five times, she had no children. Ginger Rogers's ashes
are interred in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California
with her mother's, and just a short distance from the grave of Fred Astaire.

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