Fred Astaire: Hollywood’s Leading Gentleman

“Balding. Can’t sing. Dances a little.”

This was what a studio executive at RKO wrote after he failed to be impressed by the screen test of a young dancer, fresh from the Broadway stage, named Fred Astaire. The year was 1933, and the 24-year-old had been in Hollywood trying to land a contract after his sister and dance partner for more than some 20 years, Adele, had retired from the stage to get married.

Fred and Adele in a publicity photo for Gershwin’s LADY BE GOOD

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