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Also Known As: Died: April 25, 1995
Born: July 16, 1911 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Independence, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...


father: William Eddins McMath. Electrical engineer. Separated from Lela McMath when Rogers was a small child.
mother: Lela Rogers. Screenwriter, drama critic, agent. Acted as Ginger's manager; married second husband John Rogers while working as a newspaper reporter in Kansas City (divorced 1929); worked for a time at RKO teaching and promoting new talent; wrote a series of fiction books centered around daughter's character for Whitman publishers in the 1940s; "friendly witness" during the HUAC trials of the 1940s and 50s; made brief appearance as mother of Rogers's character in "The Major and the Minor" (1942); died in 1977.
step-father: John Rogers. Insurance salesman. Adopted Ginger Rogers after her father's death; divorced from Lela McMath in 1929.
cousin: Rita Hayworth. Actor, dancer. Popular film star of the 1940s and 50s; one of WWII's most famous pin-ups; began career in dancing act with her father; films include "Blood and Sand" (1941), "Gilda" (1946), "Miss Sadie Thompson" (1953) and "Pal Joey" (1957); starred in a segment of the anthology film "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), but a different one than the one which highlighted Rogers; not all sources confirm that Rogers and Hayworth were cousins.

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