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Fred Astaire

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The evaluation of Fred Astaire's first screen test: "Can't act. Can't sing. Balding. Can dance a little." Little did they know that Fred Astaire was soon to be one of the greatest male stars of all time. Fred Astaire was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor whose stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of seventy-six years, during which he made thirty-one musical films. Fred Astaire entered show business at age 5 and soon became successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was loaned to MGM to appear in Dancing Lady (1933) before starting work on RKO's Flying Down to Rio (1933). In the latter film, he began his highly successful partnership with Ginger Rogers, with whom he danced in nine RKO pictures. During these years, he was also active in recording and radio.

After a temporary retirement from 1945-1947, during which he opened Fred Astaire Dance Studios, Astaire returned to film to star in more musicals through 1957. Some of Fred Astaire's most memorable films include Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Three Little Words (1950), for which he won a Globen Globe, and Royal Wedding (1951), in which he performed his famous "Ceiling Dance." According to Gene Kelly, "The history of dance on film begins with [Fred] Astaire." Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev and Jerome Robbins, also acknowledge Astaire's importance and influence. In 1999, Fred Astaire was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.

Fred Astaire is proof that to make it in Hollywood, you must never give up even if you are first met with disappointment.

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A Fred Astaire two-step with 'The Band Wagon' and 'Easter Parade'
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-03-29 00:50:00
No one danced on screen with quite the elegance and grace of the legendary Fred Astaire, so it's good news that the Laemmle chain is presenting a classic double-bill of two of his fluid works. The 1953 Vincente Minnelli backstage musical "The Band Wagon" pairs Astaire with Cyd Charisse as ...

'The Last Movie Star's' Burt Reynolds is still charming — and busy — after all these years
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-03-28 19:55:00
Burt Reynolds still knows how to lay on the charm. At the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre last week for a Q&A; after the premiere of his new film “The Last Movie Star,” Reynolds regaled the audience with tales of Hollywood past such as the time he asked his old pal ...

The week ahead in L.A. dance, Feb. 11-18: 'Betroffenheit,' 'Bhumi: Mother Earth' and more
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-02-11 14:00:00
Astaire Dances American Contemporary Ballet re-creates four of movie legend Fred Astaire’s classic dance routines. The Bloc, 32nd floor, 700 S. Flower St., L.A. Sun., 4 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m.; ends Feb. 14. $40-$105. (213) 304-3408. Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers...

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