Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire

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by Joseph Epstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300158440

ISBN-13: 9780300158441

Pub. Date: 09/29/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

Joseph Epstein’s Fred Astaire investigates the great dancer’s magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he

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Joseph Epstein’s Fred Astaire investigates the great dancer’s magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy.

Tracing Astaire’s life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton. A key chapter of the book is devoted to Astaire’s somewhat unwilling partnership with Ginger Rogers, the woman with whom he danced most dazzlingly. What emerges from these pages is a fascinating view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred Astaire, an unassuming but uncompromising performer who transformed entertainment into art and gave America a new yet enduring standard for style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158441
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
Icons of America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
679,652
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Act 1 Like Kissing Your Sister 1

Act 2 Peculiar Looking 21

Act 3 Man Makes the Clothes 35

Act 4 A Litvak Passes Through 45

Act 5 Charmed, I'm Sure 53

Act 6 The Other Guy 61

Act 7 What's It Their Business? 75

Act 8 Who Needs a Partner? 87

Act 9 Change Partners 99

Act 10 Must You Dance, Every Dance 131

Act 11 And I Trust, You'll Excuse My Dust 151

Act 12 Dancing on Radio 167

Bibliographical Note 189

Index of Names 193

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