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  Fred Astaire at Reel Classics
Astaire also had a way of singing songs as if he were carrying on a conversation -- making every word of every lyric matter.
Fred Astaire came to Hollywood in the early 1930s to begin a new stage of his life-long career as an entertainer -- motion pictures.
After a brief debut in DANCING LADY (1933) with Joan Crawford, RKO paired Astaire with one of their established second-lead comediennes, Ginger Rogers, and after one dance in a film called FLYING DOWN TO RIO (1933) in which both had supporting roles, the most famous duo ever to dance across the silver screen was established.
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  Fred Astaire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor.
Astaire was born Robin Miller in 1944 or Melody Palm in 1942.
Fred Astaire died in 1987 from pneumonia at the age of 88, and was interred in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.
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 Fred Astaire and Louis Armstrong. - By Stanley Crouch - Slate Magazine
Astaire gave the impression that the way he was moving at any moment was three things plaited together: the only, the most natural, and the best choice.
Astaire's innovations came along at the right time, just as Armstrong's had, and were charismatic for exactly the same reasons: Astaire was incomparable.
Astaire had the singular ability to tell stories through the medium of the body in combination with the face, a face that never quite became handsome but was transformed through his inimitable poise into something persuasively alluring.
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 Fred - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fred is Camilla Parker Bowles's pet name for the Prince Charles.
Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church.
FRED for some further uses that are always capitalized.
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 Reader's Companion to American History - -ASTAIRE, FRED   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Astaire's dancing and choreography were sophisticated, the technique always hidden by his debonair charm as a performer.
Astaire films continue to be shown throughout the world, and his dancing has come to be associated with the best of the American style, admired by such classical artists as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Astaire made many innovations in the filming of dance, including filming the entire body of the dancer and capturing the dance's continuity by filming it from beginning to end in a single take.
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 Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire, was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1974, Fred was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Towering Inferno." He also teamed up with his friend Gene Kelly in 1978 for the tremendously successful "That's Entertainment Part 2." That was the same year Fred began a relationship with a young female jockey named Robyn Smith.
Fred Astaire was the embodiment of class and style-characteristics all Freds should emulate.
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 Astaire Bio Bits   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fred was 6 1/2 years old, Adele 9.
Fred and Adele grew up dancing together in vaudeville, and were bonafide stars while still in their teens and twenties, with smash hits on the New York and London stages.
Despite this priceless commentary, Astaire did receive a contract and he and his brand new wife Phyllis headed for Hollywood in 1933.
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 Fred Astaire   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Though that evaluation of Fred Astaire's first screen test may be more Hollywood legend than fact, Astaire proved them wrong by acting, singing and dancing his way through some of the best-loved and most memorable musicals ever made.
Astaire's gravestone is as you might expect it to be, simple and elegant: "Fred Astaire, I Will Always Love You My Darling, Thank You." And, for an entertainer with endless and timeless talent, it does not include the dates of his birth or death.
Fred had known Henry Bull for several years before he met Phyllis, due to their mutual interest in horse racing, and the two couples remained close throughout their lives.
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 E! Online News - Who Owns Fred Astaire's Face?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fred Astaire can't sell vacuum cleaners without his family's OK, but if a producer wants to stick him in a documentary about dance, then he's fair game.
Of concern for Robyn Astaire was the video's use of about 90 seconds worth of footage of her late husband dancing in the movies Second Chorus and Royal Wedding.
Fred Astaire died in 1987 at the age of 88.
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 CNN - 100 years of Fred Astaire - May 14, 1999
Astaire stood in for Kelly in what turned out to be one of his most enduring films.
Astaire went through one of the hardest periods of his life in the mid-'50s.
With all of Fred Astaire's contributions to the movie musicals, Robyn Astaire says the just thing to do is to leave his legendary mark untouched.
www.cnn.com /SHOWBIZ/Music/9905/14/fred.astaire   (895 words)

 Class Act: Fred Astaire
Fred and Adele were highly successful in vaudeville, and by 1923, Broadway was beckoning.
Fred jumped at the chance to work with Garland, who was one of the nation's top box-office draws, and began work immediatley.
Fred Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987.
www.classicmoviemusicals.com /astaire.htm   (808 words)

 Fred Astaire 1899-1987   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1942 Astaire and Crosby were paired in the Irving Berlin musical "Holiday Inn." In the movie Bing wins the girl and sings what turned out to be the most successful movie song of the century, White Christmas.
Apparently, Astaire held no grudge against Bing, for he agreed to be Bing's guest on his 1975 Christmas TV special, recorded in November.
Fred died of pneumonia at age 88 in the wee hours of June 12, 1987, in a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been admitted 10 days earlier for a bad cold.
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 CMT.com : Fred Astaire : Biography
This was Astaire's popular peak, when he and Rogers were among the country's biggest box-office stars, when his records topped the charts, and his radio show was listened to by millions every week.
Astaire recorded five of the songs for Brunswick, and from that batch "The Way You Look Tonight" spent six weeks at number one in the hit parade and "A Fine Romance" peaked at number three upon the film's release in August 1936.
Astaire made the long-in-gestation ensemble film Ziegfeld Follies (not in general release until 1946) at MGM and then the unsuccessful Yolanda and the Thief (October 1945) before being loaned to Paramount for Blue Skies, another film with Bing Crosby and the songs of Irving Berlin.
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 Fred Astaire Photos - MovieActors.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
His perfection is an absurdity, and that"s hard to face." Those were the words of one of Fred Astaire's many competing dancers, and, oddly enough, one of Astaire's true friends.
Fred referred to it as practice, which is how Astaire delivered such flawless performances.
Astaire continued with movies, like "The Broadway Melody of 1940" (1940), and "The Band Wagon" (1953), to be teamed up with the likes of Eleanor Powell and Cyd Charisse.
www.movieactors.com /30stars/fred2.htm   (310 words)

 Boston-area dance lessons: Fred Astaire's Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the year of 1917 a boy of six glanced apprehensively at his mother as she straightened his wide collar~ he then stepped confidently on the stage of a small theater in Key Port, New Jersey.
Born Frederick Austerlitz in 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, Fred Astaire first achieved fame in the dancing team "The Astaires" with his dancing partner, his sister, Adele.
Fred Astaire, considered to be the greatest multi-talented dancer of all time, personally developed a practical, interrelated dance curriculum for the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio on New York City's Park Avenue.
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 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for Fred Astaire
Born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, Astaire began his performing career at the young age of 4 when his mother carried him and his sister, Adele, to New York to study dance at the best school she could find.
Adele and Fred made their professional debut in Keyport, New Jersey, after less than a year of school, as the Astaires.
Astaire married Phyllis Potter, a New York socialite, and headed for Hollywood.
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 Astaire, Fred on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
ASTAIRE, FRED [Astaire, Fred], 1899-1987, American dancer, actor, and singer, b.
Fred ASTAIRE, Gregory PECK and Ava GARDNER during filming of "On the Beach." (PAR22646)
Vadim Asmolov and Joanne Nelsom around under a poster of Fred Astaire at the Fred Astaire School of Dance in West Hartford, Connecticut, in February 2004.
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 Fred Astaire > The German-Hollywood Connection
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 10, 1899.
But Fred and his sister were born with the last name Austerlitz and their roots go back to Austria and Alsace.
Fred Astaire's father, Friedrich (Fritz) Emanuel Austerlitz, was born in Linz, Austria on September 8, 1868.
www.germanhollywood.com /astaire.html   (784 words)

 Solid! -- Fred Astaire
The son of a beer salesman, legendary dancer and singer Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1899.
A Paramount executive who viewed Astaire's 1930 screen test dismissed him, but he was soon signed by RKO and then loaned to MGM, where he made his film debut with Joan Crawford in 1933's Dancing Lady.
Astaire also won nine Emmys for a series of TV specials in the 1950s and 1960s.
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 TIME.com: That Old Feeling: A Stellar Astaire -- Page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Astaire, as his teacher Ned Wayburn noted, "was the first American tap dancer to consciously employ the full resources of his arms, hands and torso for visual ornamentation." Then he integrated ballet and ballroom dance into his style.
Astaire moved the 'scene' of the singer from the center of the great hall to just across the table, in effect replacing the Minstrel Boy with Ordinary Guy, U.S. version." Whereas Louis Armstrong abstracted a song's lyrics into a plangent growl, Astaire mined their meaning with mediocre vocal equipment.
She can be heard, though, on the CD "A Portrait of Fred Astaire," an invaluable compilation of his recordings from 1926 to 1938.
www.time.com /time/sampler/article/0,8599,265339,00.html   (1276 words)

 History Fred Astaire
The act was known as the "Astaires" and remained successful for the next 5 years.
Once Fred matured and grew taller they two siblings were rejoined and had numerous Broadway and London stage successes.
In 1978 Fred Astaire was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and in 1981, he received the prestigious Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
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 Fred Astaire Dance Studio - The History of Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire is an American icon, famous for his great dancing and style.
Today, numerous Fred Astaire Dance Studios, located in cities throughout North America, are required to maintain the highest standard of excellence through our National Dance Board and Fred Astaire Curriculum certification.
Astaire is no longer with us in person, our studios have produced a wealth of amateur and professional dancers who are a living embodiment of his style and grace.
www.fredastaire.com /fred-astaire-history.html   (225 words)

 Amazon.com: Fred Astaire: Books: Sarah Giles   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fred Astaire's richly deserved reputation as one of the world's greatest dancer is enhanced with this book, which does a superb job of moving beyond the dance and into his personal life, his professional relationships, his Anglophile tendencies and more.
Even his podiatrist is quoted herein, noting wryly that Fred sometimes had trouble with his toes because he wore his shoes a half size too small so as to convey a neater impression.
Fred Astaire was a man who, though he was not conventionally handsome, was appealing to millions and used what he had to make magic.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385247419?v=glance   (1462 words)

 Fred Astaire Dance Studio - Fred Astaire Information
After seven decades with dozens of different partners on the stage, screen, and television, Fred Astaire is world-famous as the heart and soul of dance.
Martha Graham: "Fred had an ability to surmount form and to seem to create at the same instant a new form, which is the mark of an intrinsic dancer.
Astaire's ability but what I never stop trying to emulate is his total discipline, his absolute dedication to every aspect of his art.
www.fredastaire.com /fred-legend.html   (242 words)

 Fred Astaire News
Daddy Long Legs, based on the 1912 novel by Gene Webster, stars Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron in a delightful story about a wealthy playboy who becomes an anonymous benefactor of a young girl and tries...
Bastet & Corwyn's Music: Jazz: Fred Astaire - The Fred Astaire Story Pure Elegance Fred Astaire The Fred Astaire Story Because he was world renowned as a dancer and quite popular as a movie actor, Fred Astaire...
Dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers brought magic to the movies, and their chemistry might be the hardest to define among all movie duos as well.
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 Bright Lights Film Journal | Flying Down to Rio
Fred and Ginger buffs are generally lukewarm toward Flying Down to Rio, because the dancing isn’t all that great, and because Fred and Ginger aren’t really Fred and Ginger — that is, they don’t play the roles they play in "classic" Fred and Ginger films like The Gay Divorcee and Top Hat.
Astaire is on record as saying the performance of the Carioca was under-rehearsed.
Fred and Ginger look and learn from the crowded dance floor, and then take a turn on a special dance stage that consists of seven white pianos fused together in a solid mass.
www.brightlightsfilm.com /26/flying.html   (2170 words)

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