Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0003891: FRED ASTAIRE

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Definitive vintage 8x10-inch matte-finish sepia-tone portrait, shown wearing the white tie and tails he crooned about in the Irving Berlin tune he popularized, signed in blue fountain pen in the early 1930s. In near-mint condition. Extraordinarily talented dancer and singer Fred Astaire began his career on the vaudeville stage, paired with his sister Adele.  He landed a film contract in 1933, and went on to perform mesmerizing acts of terpsichory, often paired with Ginger Rogers, in classic films like Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936), Swing Time (1936), Shall We Dance (1937), A Damsel in Distress (1937), Carefree (1938), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Holiday Inn (1942), You Were Never Lovelier (1942), Yolanda and the Thief (1945), Blue Skies (1946), Easter Parade (1948), The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Royal Wedding (1951), Daddy Long Legs (1955), Funny Face (1957), Silk Stockings (1957), and Finian's Rainbow (1967).  He also had non-musical roles in the disaster film The Towering Inferno (1974), which earned him an Academy Award nomination, and the horror favorite Ghost Story (1981).