Ginger Rogers museum opens in Independence, Missouri

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) Fans of the late actress Ginger Rogers now have a reason to head to Independence.

The Ginger House Museum opened this week at the home where the woman best known as Fred Astaire's dance partner was born in Independence in 1911.

The museum is the brainchild of Marge Padgitt, a longtime fan who bought the house with her mother in 2016.

Rogers was born in the home as Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16, 1911. She last visited the house on July 16, 1994, for her 83rd birthday celebration.

Padgitt's husband renovated the home while she was buying Rogers' memorabilia such as gowns, dance shoes and movie posters, as well as three of Rogers' paintings.

The museum plans to host a Ginger Fest next July.