Featured Star: Ginger Rogers
As Roxie Hart (1942)

Blessed with a singular combination of beauty and brass, this winsome performer's career legacy extends beyond her stature as half of the first couple of the film musical due to a slate of noteworthy dramatic and comedic performances. Born in Independence, Missouri, Virginia McMath developed a taste for the stage while in high school, and began appearing in vaudeville by the time she was 17.

By 1929, she had made her way to Broadway, and within months had won the second lead in the Gershwin's "Girl Crazy." Paramount took notice, and she made a raft of programmers at the Astoria studios from 1930-1932. Her stardom was cemented in 1933, first by her flavorful supporting turns in the Warner Brothers musicals "42nd Street" and "Gold Diggers Of 1933," and then by RKO's decision to pair her with Broadway hoofer Fred Astaire as the second leads in "Flying Down To Rio." Their palpable chemistry led to a string of genre-defining vehicles over the decade, including "Top Hat," "The Gay Divorcee," "Swing Time," "Follow The Fleet," and "Shall We Dance."

While she got the opportunity to showcase her talents in other projects during this period (notably in "Stage Door," "Vivacious Lady" and "Bachelor Mother,") Ginger was happy to leave the musicals behind by the '40s. Her output in the '40s was highlighted by her Oscar-winning title turn in "Kitty Foyle," "Roxie Hart," "The Major And The Minor," "Tales Of Manhattan," and her final teaming with Astaire in "The Barkleys Of Broadway." Although the early '50s brought strong roles in "Monkey Business," "We're Not Married!" and "Dreamboat," subsequent projects were more middling; her final feature role came as the mother in "Harlow."

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