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The Astaires

Fred & Adele

by Kathleen Riley

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  • 21 Currently reading

Published by Oxford University Press in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Actresses,
  • Dancers,
  • Actors,
  • Biography

  • Edition Notes

    StatementKathleen Riley
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsGV1785.A64 R55 2012
    The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Paginationxxiii, 241p.
    Number of Pages266
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24848565M
    ISBN 109780199738410
    LC Control Number2011018462

    -- The Wall Street Journal "In her fascinating new book The Astaires, the Australian theater historian Kathleen Riley describes the exploits of this brother-sister team in glorious detail." -- The New York Times Book Review "Riley writes with zest and authoritative expertise, displaying a grace and elegance equal to 5/5(1).   In this book, the first comprehensive study of their theatrical career together, Kathleen Riley traces the Astaires' rise to fame from humble midwestern origins and early days as child performers on small-time vaudeville stages (where Fred, fatefully, first donned top hat and tails) to their debut on Broadway to star billings on both sides /5().

    This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their years in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in London, their impact culturally, and .   By the Astaires had risen to the top in vaudeville and were “Broadway bound.” Whether the show they appeared in was a hit or a flop — and they had their share of both — reviewers.

      An illustration of an open book. Books. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. Video. An illustration of an audio speaker. Audio. An illustration of a " floppy disk. Software. An illustration of two photographs. The Astaires Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This : The book ends in , and he lived to be 88 years old, so there was still a great deal more to tell until J I love Fred Astaire, and his autobiography is very interesting. What a life he led, on stage with his sister Adele from the age of five, vaudeville tours, Broadway shows, trips to London, audiences with royalty, then the 4/5(65).


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The author has written the book as a history, chiefly, of the brother and sister during their stage career. Adele retired in and married the son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her married life was not very happy and she failed to produce a child with multiple miscarriages.

Fred carried on but soon began his movie career/5(84). If you thought Fred Astaire's ultimate dance partner was Ginger Rogers, Kathleen Riley's book "The Astaires Fred and Adele" will open your eyes in a profound way. Not only The Astaires book Adele his partner, on stage, she was also his sister, friend and confidante/5.

"The Astaires: Fred and Adele is a page-turner of a biography, briskly written and immaculately researched. Author Kathleen Riley has, among other things, been given access to audio recordings of Adele Astaire that allow her to tell her story with an authority uncommon in modern biographies.

This is an excellent work, well worth reading."/5(83). In this sprightly book whose every sentence shines with the author's love of her dual subjects, Kathleen Riley writes Adele back into the story of her brother.

A relationship that usually gets. This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their years in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in London, their impact culturally, and the essence of their 4/5(2). In this book, the first comprehensive study of their theatrical career together, Kathleen Riley traces the Astaires' rise to fame from humble midwestern origins and early days as child performers on small-time vaudeville stages (where Fred, fatefully, first donned top hat and tails) to their debut on Broadway to star billings on both sides of the Atlantic.

Before "Fred and The Astaires book there was "Fred and Adele," a show-business partnership and cultural sensation like no other. In our celebrity-saturated era, it's hard to comprehend what a genuine phenomenon these two siblings from Omaha were.

At the height of their success in the mids, the Astaires seemed to define the Jazz Age. They were Gershwin's music in motion, a fascinating pair 4/5(2).

Lee "The Astaires Fred & Adele" por Kathleen Riley disponible en Rakuten Kobo. This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their 5/5.

Fred Astaire was married twice. At the age of 81, inhe married Robyn Smith. Inhe died and was survived by his wife, Robyn. He married Phyllis Potter in Together, they had two children together, son Fred Astaire Jr. born on January 1,and daughter, Ava Astaire-McKenzie on born on Ma But unfortunately, his wife Phyllis Potter died of lung cancer in Fred Astaire was born Frederick Austerlitz on in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Johanna "Ann" (née Geilus; –) and Frederic "Fritz" Austerlitz ().

Astaire's mother was born in the United States, to Lutheran German emigrants from East Prussia and e's father was born in Linz, Austria, to Jewish parents who had converted to Roman Catholicism. "The Astaires" is a salute to an America at ease with itself and doing something wonderful in the song-and-dance line that seemed, for a time, like the hottest thing in the culture.

Fred Astaire, American dancer onstage and in motion pictures who was best known for a number of highly successful musical comedy films in which he starred with Ginger Rogers, including The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, and Swing Time. He is regarded by many as. In her fascinating new book, “The Astaires,” the Australian theater historian Kathleen Riley describes the exploits of this brother-sister team in.

In this book, the first comprehensive study of their theatrical career together, Kathleen Riley traces the Astaires' rise to fame from humble midwestern origins and early days as child performers on small-time vaudeville stages (where Fred, fatefully, first donned top hat and tails) to their debut on Broadway to star billings on both sides of the Atlantic.4/4(1).

The Astaires: Fred and Adele Kathleen Riley Oxford University Press USA, pp, £ "They are a sort of champagne cup of motion, those Astaires. They live, laugh and leap in a world that is all bubbles.” So wrote the New York Sun inreviewing Funny Face, a hit stage musical starring Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele.

Fred continues to be acclaimed as one of the greatest dancers. "The Astaires" is a book about two super talented folks;one who by her own volition bowed out of the limelight at the peak of her career on stage for marriage,and the other,her brother,who would go on to further fame and fortune off stage in films and become, who many consider,the greatest dancer in that medium ever/5(69).

In this book, the first comprehensive study of their theatrical career together, Kathleen Riley traces the Astaires' rise to fame from humble midwestern origins and early days as child performers on small-time vaudeville stages (where Fred, fatefully, first donned top hat and tails) to their debut on Broadway to star billings on both sides.

Theater historian Kathleen Riley brilliantly tells the story of the Astaires' journey to theatrical stardom in her new book, THE ASTAIRES: Fred & Adele (Oxford | Ma ).

THE ASTAIRES chronicles the theatrical careers of dance legends Fred and Adele Astaire, from their humble Midwestern beginnings as child stars, to Broadway and beyond. "The Astaires" is a book about two super talented folks;one who by her own volition bowed out of the limelight at the peak of her career on stage for marriage,and the other,her brother,who would go on to further fame and fortune off stage in films and become, who Reviews: The story of the Astaires is also the story of an era.

Born at the close of the nineteenth century, they, in effect, grew up together with the new century. Manifestly children of their time, they glamorously embodied the interwar style they had partly originated.

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.Expand/Collapse Synopsis This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their years in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in London, their impact culturally, and the essence of their partnership on and off the stage.5/5.At a time when Hollywood’s salaciousness was a well-known fact, those who refused to play the same games always tended to stick out.

When most stars were swinging from partner to partner and getting divorced in the blink of an eye, Fred Astaire always appeared to be the same dapper gentleman off-screen as he was on-screen.