Fred Astaire: Siamese Cat and Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire, an American dancer, who revolutionized the movie musical with his elegant style with seemingly effortless steps. Astaire and his dancing partner Ginger Rogers became film’s most beloved dance team. He is known as a cat lover.

Fred Astaire

fred astaire jumping

Fred Astaire jumping (vickielester.com)

Astaire started performing as a child, partnering up with his older sister Adele. The two toured the vaudeville circuit before making it to Broadway in 1917.

In 1932, Astaire suffered a career setback. He floundered a bit professionally without his usual partner, but then decided to go to Hollywood to try once more to break into film.

Siamese Kitten, Carlyle

Actor Fred Astaire pointing at siamese cat.

Actor Fred Astaire pointing at siamese cat. (Photo by John Swope/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images) (google.com)

Fred Astaire and the Siamese given to him by Kim Novak, he named it Carlyle after the character she played in their movie given to him by Kim Novak, he named it Carlyle after the character she played in their movie The Notorious Landlady (1962). This picture shows Astaire playing with his beloved Siamese, Carlyle.

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fred astaire and his siamese cat

FRED ASTAIRE (always-fair-weather)

Breakthrough

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, in Flying Down to Rio

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, in “Flying Down to Rio” (google.com)

Finally, Astaire landed a small role in 1933’s Dancing Lady with Joan Crawford. The role opened the door to new opportunities, and he was matched up with another Broadway talent, Ginger Rogers, for role opened the door to new opportunities, and he was matched up with another Broadway talent, Ginger Rogers, for Flying Down to Rio (1933) the same year.

The duo became film’s most beloved dance team. Their routines featured a hybrid of styles — borrowing elements from tap, ballroom and even ballet.

Musicals with Leading Ladies

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in Easter parade, 1948

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in “Easter parade” (1948) (Museo LoPiù)

However, the team went their separate ways after 1939’s The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). Astaire is known for his relentless pursuit of perfection while Ginger was tiring herself out to match up with him.

Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, in a promo shot for the 1957 movie, ‘Funny Face.’

Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a promo shot for the “Funny Face”, 1957 (cameras in the media)

After the split with Rogers in 1939, Astaire performed with such leading ladies as Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Leslie Caron and Audrey Hepburn. Some of his most famous musicals from his later career include Easter Parade (1948) with Garland and Funny Face (1957) with Hepburn.

Dancing Legend

Fred Astaire dancing

Fred Astaire dancing (google.com)

Astaire received his only Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the 1974 disaster film Towering Inferno (1974).

Astaire died on June 22, 1987, in Los Angeles, California. Former actor and president Ronald Regan called Astaire an American legend and the ultimate dancer.

What counts more than luck is determination and perseverance. If the talent is there, it will come through. Don’t be too impatient. Stick at it. That’s my advice. You have to plug away, keep thinking up new ideas. If one doesn’t work, try another.

Fred Astaire quotes (goodreads)

Reference

Fred Astaire Biography (bio.)
 Fred Astaire (Wikipdeia)

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Originally published at Johnny Times.

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