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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (dancer, actor; born May 10, 1899, Omaha, Nebraska; died June 22, 1987) When one thinks of Fred Astaire, the words, grace, style, and elegance come to mind. He appeared in over 40 films from 1933 to 1977, ten of which also starred Ginger Rogers, including Swing Time, Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee, and Carefree. Astaire also captured audiences on the small screen with his television specials, "An Evening With Fred Astaire," "Another Evening With Fred Astaire," "Astaire Time," and "The Fred Astaire Show." Born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, Astaire began his performing career at the young age of 4 when his mother carried him and his sister, Adele, to New York to study dance at the best school she could find. Adele and Fred made their professional debut in Keyport, New Jersey, after less than a year of school, as the Astaires.