Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of William Eddins McMath, an electrical engineer, and his wife Lela Emogene Owens (1891–1977). Ginger's parents separated soon after her birth, and soon after her parents divorced, Rogers stayed with her grandparents while her mother wrote scripts for Hollywood.
When Rogers was nine years old, her mother married John Logan Rogers. Ginger took the name of Rogers, though she was never legally adopted. They lived in Fort Worth, Texas. Her mother became a theater critic for the newspaper, the Fort Worth Record. Ginger attended but did not graduate from Fort Worth's Central High School. As a teenager, Rogers thought of becoming a schoolteacher, but her mother wanted her to be a Hollywood actress.
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