b. 29 July 1933, Liverpool, Lancashire, England. After studying drama, singing and dancing, Rogers played a number of small roles before making her breakthrough in 1954 when she took the role of Polly in the original West End production of Sandy Wilson’s engaging spoof of 30s musicals, The Boy Friend (1954). A last-minute cast change brought Rogers in at 48 hours notice, and it was thus she who introduced to British audiences both the title tune and ‘I Could Be Happy With You’. Later in the decade, she toured America as Eliza Doolittle in Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady (1957), for which she won the Sarah Siddons Award. In 1960, Rogers was back in the West End with the London production of My Fair Lady, opposite Alec Clunes.
From the 60s through to the 90s, Rogers was active in the UK and especially in the USA, appearing in musicals and straight drama in the theatre and also on television. Among her work in this period, usually in leading roles, were appearances on stage in the West End’s She Loves Me (1964), an American tour of Half A Sixpence (1966), the Broadway production Walking Happy (1966), London’s I Do! I Do! (1966), a 1976 revival of No, No, Nanette, and American tours of Camelot and 42nd Street. She played Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire. On television she has taken roles as varied as playing opposite Charlton Heston in Elizabeth And Essex, in the 80s daytime soap Capitol, and Beverly Hills, 90210. She has performed in cabaret in noted London hotels; her one-woman show, Something To Sing About, was very successful; and her recording of The Sound Of Music was a big seller. In 1998 she was in a revival of Gigi staged by the Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, Texas. In London in 2001 Rogers played the central role in Over My Shoulder, a play about 30s musical comedy star Jessie Matthews. In 2005 Rogers was set to play Billy’s Grandma in Elton John’s Billy Elliot: The Musical in the West End, but disagreeable pre-opening changes to her role caused her to regretfully bow out.