Fred Astaire: Love for Dance and Siamese Cat
Fred Astaire is an American dancer, who revolutionized the movie musical with his elegant style with seemingly effortless steps. Astaire and his dancing partner Ginger Rogers became film’s most beloved dance team. He is known as a cat lover.
Astaire started performing as a child, partnering up with his older sister Adele. The two toured the vaudeville circuit before making it to Broadway in 1917.
In 1932, Astaire suffered a career setback. He floundered a bit professionally without his usual partner, but then decided to go to Hollywood to try once more to break into film.
Siamese Kitten, Carlyle
Fred Astaire and the Siamese has given to him by Kim Novak, he named it Carlyle after the character she played in their movie The Notorious Landlady (1962). This picture shows Astaire plays with his beloved Siamese, Carlyle.
Breakthrough with Ginger Rogers
Finally, Astaire landed a small role in 1933’s Dancing Lady with Joan Crawford. The role opened the door to new opportunities, and he was matched up with another Broadway talent, Ginger Rogers, for Flying Down to Rio (1933) the same year.
The duo became film’s most beloved dance team. Their routines featured a hybrid of styles – borrowing elements from tap, ballroom and even ballet.
Musicals with Leading Ladies
However, the team went their separate ways after 1939’s The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). Astaire is known for his relentless pursuit of perfection while Ginger was tiring herself out to match up with him.
After the split with Rogers in 1939, Astaire performed with such leading ladies as Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Leslie Caron and Audrey Hepburn. Some of his most famous musicals from his later career include Easter Parade (1948) with Garland and Funny Face (1957) with Hepburn.
Astaire received his only Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the 1974 disaster film Towering Inferno (1974).
Astaire died on June 22, 1987, in Los Angeles, California. Former actor and president Ronald Regan called Astaire
an American legend and
the ultimate dancer.
Fred Astaire quotes (goodreads)
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