Fred Astaire facts for kids
Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding (1951)
Frederick Austerlitz Jr.
May 10, 1899
|Died||June 22, 1987 (aged 88)
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Resting place||Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Chatsworth, California, USA|
|Occupation||Actor, dancer, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis Livingston Potter
(m. 1933-1954, her death)
(m. 1980-1987, his death)
|Children||Son and daughter|
Joanna (née Gelius)
Astaire started dancing on the stage with his sister Adèle, and when she married he started a movie partnership with Ginger Rogers. After that, he danced with a succession of talented American dancers on movie and on television. He appeared in 32 movies. His movie partners included Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Vera-Ellen, Cyd Charisse: all high-class dancers, and on TV with Barrie Chase. Their An evening with Fred Astaire won nine Emmy Awards in 1958.
Astaire was also an excellent actor, and a successful, though personally modest, singer. He introduced some of the most celebrated songs from the Great American Songbook. He married Phyllis Potter in 1933; they had two children. After her death, he remarried in 1980 to Robyn Smith, a female jockey 45 years his junior.
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