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Fred Astaire

Frederick Austerlitz

Dancer, Actor, Vocalist, TV Host

(1899 - 1987)

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Fred Astaire began his vaudeville career at five, and by their early 20’s he and sister Adele were dancing legends in the U.S. and Britain. The mere mention of his name evokes a debonair vision of elegance. With his perfectionism, creativity, and grace he redefined the movie musical, and he and partner Ginger Rogers set the standard for future dance pairings. But choreography and dance were not his only forte. He was a natural singer who introduced more songs by great American tunesmiths than anyone else, and he proved his skill as a dramatic actor in On the Beach (1959).

After a highly successful Broadway career, Adele left the team to marry in 1932. Fred danced on stage with other partners. His first show without Adele was Gay Divorce (the film adaptation was renamed The Gay Divorcee due to objections from the Hays office) in which he introduced “Night and Day.” He was a leading man in his own right before receiving the call from Hollywood where he enjoyed even greater success.

He was first paired with Rogers in Flying Down to Rio (1933). Their on-screen chemistry led to eight more films, notably Top Hat (1935) which established his tuxedoed image and introduced the Oscar-winning Irving Berlin song “Cheek to Cheek.” Their films together were noted for the great standards they introduced: Swing Time (1936) with its Oscar-winning “The Way You Look Tonight” by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields and Shall We Dance (1937) with the Gershwins’ “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.”

Astaire’s later partners included Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Vera Ellen, Leslie Caron, and Audrey Hepburn. He shows his comedic side in Easter Parade (1948) where he and Judy Garland dance as hoboes. Only once did he dance with Gene Kelly--in Ziegfeld Follies (1946)--but, always the diplomat, when asked to name his favorite partner he cites Kelly.

Astaire produced several TV specials, guested on many, made numerous films, and won awards for his multiple talents during a career that lasted into his eighties.

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Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology

Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

Top Hat: Hits from Hollywood

Fred Astaire

Oscar Peterson & Fred Astaire: Complete Norman Granz Sessions

Oscar Peterson, Fred Astaire

Top Hat, White Tie & Tails

Fred Astaire

Silk Stockings (1957 Film Soundtrack)

Cole Porter, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse

The Complete London Sessions

Fred Astaire


Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire

Mel Tormé Sings Fred Astaire

Mel Tormé

The Essential Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
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Fred Astaire

Steps in Time

Cooper Square Publishers

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore

Top Hat

Turner Home Ent


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes

The Gay Divorcee

Turner Home Ent


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore

Swing Time

Turner Home Ent


Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Bernice Hansen

Shall We Dance

Turner Home Ent


Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel

Holiday Inn

Universal Studios


Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy

Broadway Melody of 1940

Warner Home Video


Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele

Finian's Rainbow

Warner Home Video


Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

On the Beach

MGM (Video & DVD)


Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng

Funny Face



Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron

Daddy Long Legs

20th Century Fox


Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Jules Munshin

Easter Parade (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Warner Home Video


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