THE QUOTABLE FRED ASTAIRE

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Some great quotes about and by Mr.Astaire in THE QUOTABLE FRED ASTAIRE compiled by Colin M.Jarman (2010).

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PAT O’BRIEN,Telegram to Fred Astaire. 1934:
“Saw Gay D again and still hold opinion first formed. You are the very best and have shown the way it should be done. Regards.”

 

B.B.KAHAN,RKO executive to Head Office.1933:
“Fred Astaire steals picture and properly handled we have another new and fresh screen personality.”

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LEE BOCKHORN,The Washington Weekly Standard. 2002:
“….the very phrase,’Fred and Ginger’ still evokes a sense of elegance,glamour and romance.”

 

FRED ASTAIRE on work:
“I suppose I make it look easy,but gee whiz,did I work and worry.”
” I train just like a racehorse.”
“The only way I know to get a good show,is to practice,sweat,rehearse and worry. Once you set the dance routine,you must rehearse it and rehearse it until it’s second nature. You must never have to think about what comes next.”

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PETER CARRICK,A Tribute to Fred Astaire (1984):
“An Astaire/Rogers movie didn’t change your views about anything.It merchandises happiness and enjoyment and you simply sat back in your seat and marvelled at the sheer artistry of those dancing.”

 

FRED ASTAIRE:
“At the risk of disillusionment ,I must admit that I don’t like top hat,white tie and tails.”

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FRED ASTAIRE and ELEANOR POWELL in BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940:
(Greg S.Faller on FilmReference.com:)
“Their ‘Begin the Beguine” routine remains one of the most sublime performances in Hollywood musical history.”

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BOSLEY CROWTHER,New York Times.1957:
” The terminal ballet number,which is a take-off on the literary works of such hard boiled detective fiction writers as the popular Mickey Spillane. Called “Girl Hunt”, it is dazzling satire,in semi- surrealistic style,full of gunmen and sleek,seductive vampires.
And it is danced beautifully by Mr.Astaire and Miss Charisse.”

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NEWSWEEK HEADLINE ON FRED ASTAIRE’S DEATH. 1987:
“Wrap up the 20th Century. Fred Astaire is gone.”

 

 

 

 

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