: [on working with Katharine Hepburn] She is snippy, you know, which is a shame. She was never on my side.
Ginger Rogers (born Virginia Katherine McMath) was an American actress, dancer, and singer.Had a strong love for writing and reading poetry with special passions for Shakespeare and Emily Bronte.
Rogers had her first successful film role as a supporting actress in 42nd Street. She made nine films in the 1930s with Astaire, which were some of her biggest successes such as Swing Time and Top Hat.
After two commercial failures with Astaire, Rogers began to branch out into dramatic and comedy films. Her acting was well received by critics and audiences as she became one of the biggest box-office draws and highest paid actresses of the 1940s.
Rogers’ popularity had peaked by the end of the decade. She reunited with Astaire in 1949 in the commercially successful The Barkleys of Broadway. After an unsuccessful period in the 1950s, Rogers returned to Broadway in 1965, playing the lead role in Hello, Dolly!
Rogers is associated with the phrase "backwards and in high heels", which is attributed to Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest 1982 cartoon with the caption "Sure he [Astaire] was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did...backwards and in high heels".
During her long career, Rogers made 73 films, and her musical films with Fred Astaire are credited with revolutionizing the genre. Rogers was a major movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and is often considered an American icon.