Astaire, Fred, 1899-1987

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Fred Astaire (b. Frederick Austerlitz May 10, 1899, Omaha, NE–d. June 22, 1987, Los Angeles, CA) was an American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential dancers in the history of film and television musicals.

His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he starred in more than 10 Broadway and London musicals, made 31 musical films, 4 television specials, and issued numerous recordings. As a dancer, he is best remembered for his sense of rhythm, his perfectionism, and as the dancing partner and on-screen romantic interest of Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in a series of ten Hollywood musicals. Beyond film and television, many dancers and choreographers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Madhuri Dixit, also acknowledged his influence.

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creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. Shall we dance / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Allan Scott, scénario ; George Gershwin, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926-. J. Roy Rowland Papers, Series V: Photographs, 1986-1994. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Records of the Selective Service System (World War I). 1917 - 1939. Draft Registration Cards. 1917 - 1918. World War I Draft Registration Card for Frederick Austerlitz Astaire
referencedIn George Balanchine archive, 1924-1989 (inclusive), 1961-1983 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Gershe, Leonard. Funny face, 1956 Mar. 21 / producer, Roger Edens ; director, Stanley Donen ; writer, Leonard Gershe. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980,. John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn McBride, Joseph. Papers, 1960-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Donen, Stanley, 1924-.... Mariage royal / de Stanley Donen ; avec Fred Astaire et Jane Powell. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Bennett Cerf Papers, ca. 1898-1977. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn GEORGE GERSHWIN
referencedIn Mamoulian, Rouben. Rouben Mamoulian papers, 1740-1987 (bulk 1906-1987). Library of Congress
referencedIn Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. Bennett Cerf papers, ca. 1898-1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn AMERICAN CINEMA: THE MUSICAL United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Un comédien nommé Fred Astaire. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961. Leo Reisman collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1932-1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files, 1920-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Leo Reisman collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1932-1948 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Personalities Photographed On Board HAL Vessels, 1920 - 1929 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Hellman, Florence Marx. Theatrical diaries kept by Florence Marx Hellman, 1903-1942. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. Top hat / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, scénario ; Irving Berlin, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing time / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Astaire, Fred. Reminiscences of Fred Astaire : oral history, 1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Beryl Hoare photograph album collection, 1914 - 1923 V & A Department of Theatre and Performance
referencedIn Photographs of the Hollywood Bond Cavalcade and Other Bond Rallies, 1941 - 1945 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Sir, Michael Redgrave, Archive, 1890-1996 V&A Museum: Department of Theatre and Performance
creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. En suivant la flotte / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Hubert Osborne, Allan Scott, aut. adaptés ; Dwight Taylor, scénario ; Irving Berling, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. Shall we dance / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Allan Scott, scénario ; George Gershwin, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
contributorOf Fred Astaire United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Boisset, Yves, 1939-.... Un taxi mauve / Yves Boisset, réal. ; Michel Déon, aut. adapté ; musique originale, Philippe Sarde ; avec Philippe Noiret, Charlotte Rampling, Peter Ustinov et Fred Astaire. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Lambs Club records, 1880-1973 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Shawl, Frank,. An ongoing dance through life : an oral history : transcript, 2004 / Frank Shawl ; interviewers, Ruth Chen ... [et al.] ; editors, Alyson Belcher, Jeff Friedman, and Ruth Jacbs. Museum of Performance & Design
referencedIn Walter Terry papers, 1913-1982 The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn American Film Institute Honors Fred Astaire United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983. Musical comedies. Band wagon [Programs] New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Lambs (New York, N.Y.). Lambs Club records, 1880-1973. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The Virgil Thomson Papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Photographs of motion pictures and television programs, 1915-1999. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. Top hat / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Dwight Taylor, Allan Scott, scénario ; Irving Berlin, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Sandrich, Mark, 1900-1945. En suivant la flotte / Mark Sandrich, réal. ; Hubert Osborne, Allan Scott, aut. adaptés ; Dwight Taylor, scénario ; Irving Berling, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Baral, Robert. Robert Baral papers, 1876-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Astaire, Fred. Fred Astaire collection, 1928-1979. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Irving Berlin sheet music, 1909-1957. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Donen, Stanley, 1924-.... Mariage royal / de Stanley Donen ; avec Fred Astaire et Jane Powell. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997,. Interview with Leon Danielian. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing time / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Helen Broderick... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. The Virgil Thomson papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. The Virgil Thomson papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Jerome Kern sheet music, 1904-1946. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Delaplane, Stanton. Stanton Delaplane collection, 1907-1988. California State Library
creatorOf Un comédien nommé Fred Astaire. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Kevin Delaney Collection, 1970-1994 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Astaire, Fred. Fred Astaire collection, 1932-1993. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Stevens, George, 1904-1975. Swing Time [Multimédia multisupport] / George Stevens, réal. ; Allan Scott, Howard Lindsay, scénario ; Jérôme Kern, Dorothy Fields, comp. ; Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan, chorégraphie ; Nathaliel Shilkret, dir. mus. ; Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982,. Interview with Eugene Loring. New York Public Libraries for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Milton Caniff Collection, 1805-2007, 1910-1988 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
creatorOf Astaire, Fred,. Everlast : choreographic and research notes used by Twyla Tharp in creating her dance, 1989. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn General Subjects: DANSE (Dance) - Folder F Fred Astaire United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Dutilleux, Henri, 1916-. Les claquettes de Fred Astaire / Henri Dutilleux. Northwestern University
creatorOf Stone, Paula. Papers, 1920-1981. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Gould, Morton, 1913-1996. I'm old fashioned : Astaire variations : musical variations on Jerome Kern's I'm old fashioned / Morton Gould. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Rouben Mamoulian Papers, 1740-1987, (bulk 1906-1987) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Astaire, Fred. Belknap Collection, Popular Performers 1914- : Fred Astaire. University of Florida
referencedIn Robert Baral papers, 1876-1980 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
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correspondedWith Balanchine, George. person
associatedWith Baral, Robert person
associatedWith Baral, Robert. person
associatedWith Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. corporateBody
correspondedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
correspondedWith Cagney, James, 1899-1986 person
associatedWith Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971. person
associatedWith Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997, person
associatedWith Delaney, Kevin. person
associatedWith Delaplane, Stanton. person
associatedWith Dutilleux, Henri, 1916- person
associatedWith George A. Smathers Libraries. Dept. of Special and Area Studies Collections. corporateBody
correspondedWith George, Prince, Duke of Kent, 1902-1942 person
associatedWith Gershe, Leonard. person
correspondedWith Goldwyn, Samuel, 1879-1974 person
associatedWith Gould, Morton, 1913-1996. person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
correspondedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Hellman, Florence Marx. person
associatedWith Higham, Charles, person
associatedWith Hoare, Beryl person
associatedWith Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Lambs (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lambs (Theatrical club : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982, person
associatedWith Mamoulian, Rouben. person
correspondedWith Marina, Duchess of Kent, 1906-1968 person
associatedWith McBride, Joseph. person
associatedWith Milton Caniff person
correspondedWith Oberon, Merle, 1911-1979 person
associatedWith Redgrave, Michael person
associatedWith Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961. person
associatedWith Rowland, J. Roy (James Roy), 1926- person
correspondedWith Selznick, David O., 1902-1965 person
associatedWith Shawl, Frank, person
associatedWith Stone, Paula. person
associatedWith Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Terry, Walter person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980, person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896- person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989. person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
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Omaha NE US
Los Angeles CA US
Subject
Celebrities
Male actors
Musical films
Male singers
Dance--Production and direction
Entertainers
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Male dancers
Actors--Interviews
Dancers--Interviews
Dance
Occupation
Dancers
Vocalists
Actors
Choreographer
Performer
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Birth 1899-05-10

Death 1987-06-22

Male

Americans

English

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