Fred Astaire Fact Sheet: Who was Fred Astaire? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Fred Astaire, the famous dancer and film star.
Fred Astaire Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1899 – 1987 *** Full Name: Fred Astaire was also known as Frederick Austerlitz *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on May 10, 1899 *** Place of Birth: Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, United States *** Family background: His father was Frederic "Fritz" Austerlitz *** Early life and childhood: Fred Astaire grew up and spent the majority of his life in New York *** Education: Fred Astaire began his theatre education at the Alviene Master School of the Theatre and Academy of Cultural Arts *** Fred Astaire died on June 22, 1987 ***
Fred Astaire Fact 1: Frederick Austerlitz was born on May 10, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States.
Fred Astaire Fact 2:
He was a famous American dancer,
actor and musician who achieved a
long, successful career on stage. He
was an outstanding dancer who sought
Fred Astaire Fact 8: His surname wasn't originally Astaire, it was Austerlitz. His mother felt that their surname was a reminder of the Battle of Austerlitz so she advised her children to change it to Astaire.
Fred Astaire Fact 9: The first act by Adele and Fred Astaire was 'Juvenile Artists Presenting an Electric Musical Toe-Dancing Novelty'. They performed their act at a tryout theatre in Keyport, New Jersey. Fred Astaire wore a top hat for part of the show, as he often did to make himself appear taller. Following their theatre performance, a local newspaper reported that 'the Astaires are the greatest child act in vaudeville.'
Fred Astaire Fact 10:
As the children grew into teenagers,
their careers in theatre really
began to take off. They were both
outstanding dancers who had rhythm,
style and perfection. They developed
their act by learning new dance
styles including tap, waltz and
tango. They performed at the Orpheum
Circuit which incorporated a number
of movie theatres.
Fred Astaire Fact 15: He initially found going solo tough without his sister, Adele, whom he'd acted with for many years. He received various offers from Broadway and made his first solo appearance in 'The Gay Divorcee' with a new dance partner called Claire Luce who encouraged him to be more romantic.
Fred Astaire Fact 16: His first screen pairing with his famous dance partner, Ginger Rogers, occurred in 1933 in the musical film 'Flying Down to Rio'. The pair had chemistry so magical that Ginger Rogers became Fred Astaire's most famous dance partner. Dance commentator, John Mueller, once said 'Rogers was outstanding among Astaire's partners not because she was superior to others as a dancer, but because, as a skilled, intuitive actress, she was cagey enough to realize that acting did not stop when dancing began ... the reason so many women have fantasized about dancing with Fred Astaire is that Ginger Rogers conveyed the impression that dancing with him is the most thrilling experience imaginable.'
Fred Astaire Fact 17:
He made thirty-one musical films in
total including Flying Down to Rio,
The Gay Divorcee, Roberta, Top Hat,
Follow the Fleet, Swing Time, Shall
We Dance, A Damsel in Distress,
Carefree, The Story of Vernon and
Irene Castle, BRoadway Melody of
1940, Second Chorus, You'll Never
Get Rich, Holiday Inn, You Were
Never Lovelier, The Sky's the Limit,
Yolanda and the Theif, Ziegfeld
Follies, Blue Skies, Easter Parade,
The Barkleys of Broadway, Three
Little Words, Let's Dance, Royal
Wedding, The Belle of New York, The
Band Wagon, Daddy Long Legs, Funny
Face, Silk Stockings, Finian's
Rainbow, Santa Claus is Comin to
Town, That's Entertainment.
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