from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Astaire, Fred 1899-1987. American dancer and actor noted for his elegant style and his partnership with Ginger Rogers in several motion pictures, including Top Hat (1935).

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  • n. United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)


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  • However, Fred Astaire is charming in his debut dramatic performance as a rattled scientist who feels at least a little complicit in Armageddon.

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  • “The Triplets of Belleville” gets off to a promising enough start with a mock-1930s newsreel showing the eponymous trio in peak performance while other icons of that area engage in surreal slapstick (Fred Astaire is devoured by his shoes, Josephine Baker is stripped naked of her banana g-string by oversexed fans).

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  • The name Astaire enlivens even the otherwise somewhat stodgy name of Fred.

  • A particularly intriguing section explores the idea of Astaire dancing to the blues, as in his remarkable solo based on "Bugle Call Rag" (from "You'll Never Get Rich," 1941) and "Ritz Roll and Rock" ("Silk Stockings," 1957)—an attempt by Astaire and Cole Porter to keep up with the latest developments in rhythm and blues.

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  • DJ Obah's Rollerskate Remix of "You Got the Love" has the same minimalist vibe that Red Astaire aka Freddie Crueger threw down on his own Rollerskate mix for Nickodemus's "Sun Children."

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  • Adele Astaire Awards (formerly known as The Astaire Awards) recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. : News

  • A highlight is "Astaire," a tuneful tribute to you-know-who written by Ann Hampton Callaway and Lindy Robbins, accompanied by a true story about the night the MGM star picked her up backstage and waltzed her around his living room later (it's not clear who led and who followed).

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  • Co-stars such as Astaire and Rogers or Bogart and Bacall have become the definition of on-screen chemistry.

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  • And at least one of them was sure to cause a stir dancing on the penthouse terrace: Fred Astaire.4

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  • When she had been young, despite her weight she had been one of the most popular girls in high school, with her pleasant features, infectious humor, and ability to make even the most awkward partner on the dance floor feel as if he were Fred Astaire.

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