Lela E. Rogers (Lela Emogen Owens)

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Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA
Lela Rogers, the mother of movie legend Ginger Rogers, was notable and accomplished in her own right. She was born Lela Emogen Owens in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her parents were Walter Owens, a carpenter, and Saphrona Ball, a widow who worked as a grocery store clerk. As a raconteur at Hollywood parties later in life, Lela Rogers described the circumstances of her birth on Christmas Day, when Ball went into labor as she fended off a bear in the family barn. Read more...