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"What do dancers think of Fred Astaire? It's no secret. We hate him. 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.

It really is hard to imagine that Astaire actually existed off screen, but in truth, his most magical moments were never caught on tape. He had this electric personality that attracted people from all over and made the best of the best admire and hate him all at the same time. Yet, Astaire was no slacker. It was only accomplished with interminable hours of grueling, pain-staking hours of sweat and toil. Fred referred to it as practice, which is how Astaire delivered such flawless performances. It took every little bit of energy out of him, yet he loved what he did.

As usual, like the rest of his dancing and musical contemporaries, Astaire got his start on Broadway with many stellar performances. His sister Adele accompanying him.

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
in "Shall We Dance" (1937)
fred-astaire Yet, when the opportunities for the big time came around, he was on his own. And how could he go unnoticed once paired with the infamous Ginger Rogers? Together they were the classic couple for onscreen duets. You haven't seen real dancing until you've seen Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers together. Films like "Top Hat" (1935), and "Swing Time" (1936), show off the charisma and chemistry of the dynamic duo.

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. One of his last great contributions to the silver screen was his lovely 1957 romance number, with the amazing Audrey Hepburn, in "Funny Face".

Fred Astaire Quotes...

astaire-posters"Dancing is a sweat job.”

"Chance is the fool's name for Fate."

"I just put my feet in the air and move them around."

"I'm just a hoofer with a spare set of tails."

"People think I was born in top hat and tail."

Fred Astaire Interviews...

astaireOn August 31, 1968 Joel Reisner and I conducted a radio interview with Fred Astaire at his home in Beverly Hills. The resulting two hour program, including music from some of Mr. Astaire's movies, was first broadcast on KPFK Radio in Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 1968.

Go to below link to access fourteen links for audio of the 2 hour program HEAR ASTAIRE INTERVIEW Cheek to Cheek. Interviews to Susan Hampshire, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers - WATCH FRED ASTAIRE VIDEO Dick Cavett interviews Hollywood Greats - Fred Astaire - FRED'S VIDEO Barbara Walters on the difficulty of interviewing Fred Astaire ASTAIRE VIDEO INTERVIEW



Fred Astaire with
Jack Lemmon in a TV special.