Fred Astaire was a famous Hollywood and Broadway dancer, singer, actor and choreographer. During his 76 year career, he starred in 31 musicals. Despite his own oft-repeated claim that he couldn't sing, he made hundreds of musical recordings, introducing some of the biggest pop hits of the 1930s and '40s.
Frederick Austerlitz, Jr. was born May 10th, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents were Johanna "Ann" Geilus and Austrian immigrant Frederich "Fritz" Austerlitz. Understandably eager to leave dreary Nebraska, the couple groomed their children Fred and Adele at an early age as a dancing and singing brother-and-sister act, hoping their talents would take them elsewhere. In addition to singing and dancing,... Read More