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Puttin' on the ritz : Fred Astaire and the fine art of panache, a biography

Author: Peter J Levinson
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In the beginning, Fred Astaire played second fiddle in vaudeville to his sister Adele, but once he learned how to tap and bought his first Brooks Brothers suit, this small-town Nebraska boy transformed himself into the most sophisticated man ever to dance across a motion picture screen. In his white tie and tails, and with a succession of elegant partners--Ginger Rogers, Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Fred Astaire; Fred Astaire; Fred Astaire
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Levinson
ISBN: 9780312353667 0312353669
OCLC Number: 243544712
Description: xiv, 477 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Paying dues --
2. "The runaround" --
3. In search of a partner --
4. Fred and Ginger --
5. Change partners and dance --
6. The dream factory and two excursions to Paramount --
7. The last of the grand old musicals --
8. The clothes that made the man --
9. The NBC-tv specials: three hits and a miss --
10. The perfect singer and the would-be jazz musician --
11. The character actor emerges as the song-and-dance man fades --
12. A decade of tributes --
13. The memory of all that.
Responsibility: Peter J. Levinson.
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Fred Astaire always seemed to be the dapper guy dancing across the screen. This book looks at the creation of one of the America's greatest dancer and how he grew from a Nebraska boy, with family  Read more...

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