Fred Astaire facts for kids
In You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
May 10, 1899
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||June 22, 1987
Phyllis Livingston Potter
(m. 1933; died 1954)
|Relatives||Adele Astaire (sister)|
Astaire started dancing on the stage with his sister Adèle, and when she married he started a movie partnership with Ginger Rogers. After that, he danced with a succession of talented American dancers on movie and on television. He appeared in 32 movies. His movie partners included Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Cyd Charisse: all high-class dancers, and on TV with Barrie Chase. Their An evening with Fred Astaire won nine Emmy Awards in 1958.
Astaire was also an excellent actor, and a successful, though personally modest, singer. He introduced some of the most celebrated songs from the Great American Songbook. He married Phyllis Potter in 1933; they had two children. After her death, he remarried in 1980 to Robyn Smith, a female jockey 45 years his junior.
- Astaire, Fred. Steps in Time, 1959,
- Billman, Larry. Fred Astaire — a bio-bibliography, Greenwood Press 1997,
- Freeland, Michael. Fred Astaire: an illustrated biography, Grosset & Dunlap, 1976.
- Thomas, Bob. Astaire, the man, the dancer. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1985.
- (Astaire is the first biographical entry in the IMDB database.)
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