She soon reach the big screen and also would go on to make more than 70 films. The couple divorced shortly after their daughter’s arrival. Virginia eventually received her nickname, “Ginger,” from a cousin who had been not able to pronounce her complete name; the surname “Rogers” came from her stepfather, John Rogers.
Ginger Rogers performed stage work as a youngster in Fort Worth, Texas, where her family had relocated, and won an important Charleston competition by which she was given her own vaudeville tour. Lela became her supervisor, and Rogers would after mainly credit her mom for her showbiz success. Following a short lived marriage to dancer Jack Culpepper, Rogers eventually made her way to Nyc as a solo performer. There she was hired for the Broadway production Top Rate.