… that Fred Astaire got his start in vaudeville as one half of a dance team. His partner was his sister Adele. When she married a British Lord in 1931, Fred set out for Hollywood to try to make it on his own.
... In 1947 Fred Astaire co-founded the Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Although he sold out in 1966 the studios continue to use his name and to thrive all across the country. Now you know where to go if you get the urge to get up and dance like Fred Astaire.
… that Fred Astaire always insisted that he be shot full-figure and without close-ups so movie-goers could see his dancing as a theater audience would. Here's an picture from his "Steppin' Out" number from Easter Parade.
… that Fred Astaire's one Academy Award nomination came not for a musical performance but for his supporting role in the quintessential disaster flick The Towering Inferno.
... that Fred Astaire was an avid race horse owner and that his second wife Robyn Smith was a jockey. She was the first female jockey to win a major race. You can read about her in this Sports Illustrated article.
... that in 1968 Fred Astaire gave a two hour radio interview in his home. It's been posted on the internet for "scholars, students, film buffs and admirers" to listen to. We think that might be you.
... that by all accounts Fred Astaire was a most elegant dresser. There are frequent mentions in stories about him that he used an old tie in place of a belt on his pants. We decided to find some proof of this. Look closely, it is a tie! It's also a great picture of the two dancing styles of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
... that you can see Fred Astaire and his most famous dance partner Ginger Rodgers in 1940's newsreels including a rare, rare clip of Fred Astaire and his sister Adele at the Stage Door Canteen in 1944. Also, don't miss our Fred and Ginger Musicals feature page.
... Even though Fred Astaire died in 1987 his filmography continues to grow because his music is used as part of the soundtracks of so many movies. 1996 - The English Patient, Fred Astaire sings Cheek to Cheek. 1999 - The Green Mile Fred Astaire sings Cheek to Cheek. 2000 - Billy Elliot, Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails. 2001 - what song does Steven Spielberg include on the soundtrack for AI: Artificial Intelligence? Cheek to Cheek. We're sure that moviegoers through the years will continue to enjoy hearing "Heaven, I'm in Heaven . . .
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Fred Astaire is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Fred Astaire's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6756 Hollywood Blvd.
Former Home of Fred Astaire
San Ysidro Drive
Beverly Hills, CA SEE MAP