fun fact: I've always said there's a reason why no one's ever made a biopic about Fred Astaire - because who would be able to play a quadruple-threat with the same kind of charisma? It turns out no one's ever made a biopic about Fred Astaire because he "stipulated in his will that no film representations of himself be made". Now we know he's a quintuple-threat, for his intelligence and foresight.

Fred Astaire was one of the most brilliant dancers of the century, known mainly for the dance and vocal performances he gave in various classic Hollywoodland films.

He is a male butterfly without the wings - the same kind of grace of a very young horse, so angular.”     -Mikhail Baryshnikov

thestudenttailor: I think that Mssr. Giantbeard has got this one down: giantbeard: Fred Astaire, like me, a man who loved double-breasted waistcoats with shawl lapels. ( a fairly perfect example of a perfect suit being worn perfectly ) ( via voxsart )

Actress Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), with actor Fred Astaire (1899-1987), in George Stevens’ film, “Swing Time,” 1936.

The dance where I fell in love with Ginger and Fred: Ginger Rogers with Fred Astaire in George Stevens’ film, “Swing Time,” 1936

FRED ASTAIRE Dance legend and Hollywood heavyweight Fred Astaire, one of the first men inducted into the Hall of Fame, made the leap in 1968. Description from I searched for this on

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Fred Astaire (1899-1987), born Frederick Austerlitz, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films.

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Rita Hayworth & Fred Astaire rehearse for You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire rehearse on a rooftop at Columbia Pictures for a scene from their film You Were Never Lovelier in 1942 in Los Angeles (photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)

Fred Astaire was supposed to play Phil Davis.Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire with their arms folded staring at one an other in a scene from the film 'Holiday Inn', 1942.After Astaire and Crosby's success in Holiday Inn, this film was intended to reunite them. But Astaire had "retired" by the time White Christmas was shot 12 years later and he declined. Then, the part was offered to Donald O'Connor (known for Singin' in the rain) but he pulled out after an illness. then done by Danny Kaye.

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Loved Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire in "Holiday Inn" Where the song "White Christmas"was first sung by Bing Crosby,

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Fred Astaire, 1946.

Dancer Fred Astaire clad in top hat, tails & spats, holding cane as he does a climatic jump in "Puttin' on the Ritz" number for the movie "Blue Skies." Location: Hollywood, CA, US. Date taken: November Photographer: Bob Landry.

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business. • Mikhail Baryshnikov

Fred Astaire "He is the most interesting, the most inventive, the most elegant dancer of our times." George Balanchine -dancer, choreographer, actor and director