Vintage stars sign into “What’s My Line” (1950s -1960s)
In 1968, Fred Astaire announced that he was giving up dancing. It coincided with the release of his last musical, Finian’s Rainbow, and his last TV special. Despite that, he was asked to dance on some occasions. Two of these, both in 1970, were the 42nd Academy Awards and an interview on the Dick Cavett show.. At the Academy Awards, Astaire stated, “There are some things that just don’t last forever.” However, he next launched into a brief dance routine that brought the house down with applause. The impression was conveyed that it was improvised, but it was all meticulously choreographed by Astaire beforehand, like all his dances. A few months later, he was challenged by Dick Cavett. “I bet you don’t dance.” He stated. Astaire got up from his seat and virtually recreated step-by-step the same routine he had danced at the Awards. By that point, he was 70 years old, and he had several back and knee problems. The dances caused him a lot of pain, but he did them anyway, thus showing his true performer’s spirit.
Swing Time (1936)
David Niven reads a note from Ginger Rogers at the American Film Institute (AFI) tribute to Fred Astaire. (1981)
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
Fred Astaire, with his wife Phyllis Potter.
Top Hat, 1935 (via maudit)
Freddie and Dellie, Scarce 1919 (X)