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.

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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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 )

Ginger Rogers (1911-1995), with Fred Astaire (1899-1987), in George Stevens’ film, “Swing Time,” 1936 - they will never be surpassed.

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 (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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Please stop judging me because Fred Astaire is my Pinterest Kryptonite

10 lords a leaping. Fred Astaire dancing, circa I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.

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)

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