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Includes pictures of Astaire and other important people and scenes Includes Astaire s quotes about his own life and others quotes about him Includes a bibliography for further reading No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business Mikhail Baryshnikov A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees In Charles River Editors American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known Virtually all famous actors are regaled by the public, but even still, Fred Astaire occupies a privileged position in American pop culture The specific films in which Astaire acted may not be especially famous in their own right most people likely cannot recall the title of Top Hat 1935 , his most decorated film but Astaire s dancing prowess invariably creates a lasting impact on viewers Instead of tying his fame to a single film, Astaire s genius lay in constructing his star persona around a specific set of iconographic imagery that has become embedded within American culture Across his films, the recurring iconic images of the top hat, cane, and coat tails, as well as the image of Astaire dancing with Ginger Rogers, all constitute a timeless symbol for elegance that continues to captivate viewers who are unfamiliar with the plots of his films There have been other film musical actors who were proficient dancers, Gene Kelly chief among them, but none were able to perform with the seamless elegance of Astaire, and none have been remembered nearly as well Astaire s dancing numbers epitomized grace and gaiety, making it seem as though he was carefree, but this was hardly the case While it is easy to imagine Astaire being raised in an aristocratic family, his working class background was so blue collar that his family eventually relied on him and his sister as the primary breadwinners in the family Rather than being born and raised with wealth in a large city, Astaire came from a working class neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska, a setting so antithetical to the world of dance that it quickly became clear that the family would need to relocate If anything, Astaire s unglamorous origins further demonstrate that the magisterial dancing and the effortlessly elegant image accompanying it were products of Astaire s tireless work ethic and insistence on perfection Astaire s popularity can in large part be tied to the escapism that his films offered to impoverished Depression era American audiences, and yet Astaire was a working man, albeit one who labored in the studios of Hollywood rather than the factories of America Considering the quiet life that he led off the movie set, it can be difficult to disassociate Astaire from his films, and while he may have attempted to project the same image off the screen, the era and his personal background were extremely important As someone who was born just before the start of the 20th century, Astaire s life sheds light on the developments that occurred in American entertainment, from the stage where he first performed during his youth to cinema the site of his greatest triumphs and finally to television a medium Astaire entered at the end of his career Astaire s career tends to obscure his all American success story, one in which hard work transformed a Nebraska boy from a working class family into America s most prominent symbol of grace American Legends The Life of Fred Astaire profiles the life and career of one of America s most famous entertainers Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Fred Astaire like you never have before, in no time at all....

Title : American Legends: The Life of Fred Astaire
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ISBN : 1492704229
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform September 17, 2013
Number of Pages : 38 pages
File Size : 671 KB
Status : Available For Download
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American Legends: The Life of Fred Astaire Reviews

  • ruby2shoes
    2019-02-16 16:48

    What a pleasure to read the history of an artistic man who had a long standing career in dance and acting. This biography of Fred Astaire brought back memories of movies, tv shows, and specials. It also answered questions about his dance partners and more. Starting with his parents meeting, to his career with Adele (his sister), all the way through to the end of his life. What a pleasure to have added comments from colleagues and friends and knowing the man is as pleasurable off screen.

  • R Huber
    2019-01-29 17:52

    This book was not very informative. The author read a few books on Astaire's life and put the highlights into this book. This book just skimmed the surface of his life and gave few details. For example, he said that Astaire's wife died in 1954 but didn't give any details on how she died. This lack of details is found throughout the book and leaves the reader with more questions than answers.

  • Frank D
    2019-02-01 11:49

    I long had many questions regarding Fred Astaire's dancing and singing career as well as his early and later personal life. This book answered all my questions and many others I hadn't thought to ask.

  • vivila
    2019-02-18 18:37

    This was even better than the last story of Fred and Jazz, as it talked more of his life too.. He was a very nice man...

  • Ruth Rachels
    2019-02-08 13:05

    They compare the differences between Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, but both as great. My thoughts are that almost anyone could learn to dance like Mr. Kelly, but no one will ever dance like Fred Astaire again no matter how long they tried! Fred is the greatest - end of story ever!

  • Kindle Customer
    2019-01-25 14:50

    Nothing outstanding in this book and very little that makes Fred exceptional. It reallly makes him look shallow and an introvert.

  • Jay R. Raskin
    2019-02-17 12:36

    Well done.

  • Nancy A. Graham
    2019-02-05 11:52

    A little dry.