Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (1899-1987), an American singer and dancer, was most well-known for his many appearances on Broadway, Broadway and London stages in the 1920s and 30s. He also appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 60s. He teamed up with many dancers including Gene Kelly but his most well-known screen pairing was with Ginger Rogers. They appeared in ten films together. In the 1960s and 1980s, he continued acting in roles other than dancing in movies and television. Because of his expressive phrasing and graceful interpretations, Astaire was selected to introduce many classic songs. These included standards by Cole Porter (“Night and Day”) and Irving Berlin (“Let’s Face the Music and Dance”) and Jerome Kern (“The Way You See Tonight”) and George and Ira Gershwin (“They Can’t Take That From Me”). Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.

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