Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.
Dancing in Tijuana when I was 13 — that was my 'summer camp.' How else do you think I could keep up with Fred Astaire when I was 19?rita hayworth
As Gloria Steinem said about Ginger Rogers: She was doing everything Fred Astaire was doing, just doing it backwards in high heels. Well, Southern women are doing and enduring what other women have to do and endure, but (at least until recently) they had to do it in heels and hats and white gloves and makeup and a sweet smile, with maybe a glass of bourbon and a cigarette to get them through the magnolia part of being a steel magnolia.michael malone
If you give us the chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels** Keynote address, 1988 Democratic National ConventionAnn Richards
I loved Fred so, and I mean that in the nicest, warmest way: I had such affection for him artistically. I think that experience with Fred was a divine blessing. It blessed me, I know, and I don't think blessings are one sided.ginger rogers
Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.ginger rogers
Sure he (Fred Astaire) was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards... and in high heels.
The whole problem, I suppose, is that any time some piece of communication strikes poor Fred, or any of the remaining Beasts, for that matter, as possibly meaningful or is it meaningless? It’s been explained to me a dozen times and I still can’t get it right anyway, his religious convictions say he has to either stop it or barring that refuse to be a party to it.samuel r. delany
"Fred, what happened to your ass?" "Oh, the fat guy at the office sneezed on me."jay leno
When I was in the Soviet Union recently I was being interviewed by a newspaperman and he said, "Which dancers influenced you the most?" and I said, "Oh, well, Fred Astaire." He looked very surprised and shocked and I said, "What's the matter?" He said, "Well, Mr. Balanchine just said the same thing."
Except for times Fred worked with real professional dancers like Cyd Charisse, it was a twenty five year war.
As a dancer he stands alone, and no singer knows his way around a song like Fred Astaire.
There never was a greater perfectionist, there never was, and never will be, a better dancer, and I never knew anybody more kind, more considerate, or more completely a gentleman...I love Fred, John, and I admire and respect him. I guess it's because he's so many things I'd like to be and I'm not.
When you talk about Fred Astaire, you talk about heaven. What more can I say?
Fred Astaire once worked so hard/ he often lost his breath/ and now he taps all other chaps to death
Fred Astaire is the best singer of songs the movie world ever knew. His phrasing has individual sophistication that is utterly charming. Presumably the runner-up would be Bing Crosby, a wonderful fellow, though he doesn't have the unstressed elegance of Astaire.
You're the nimble tread/Of the feet of Fred Astaire
Q: What great singers of the past do you wish had sung your music? A: Nobody really. Well, actually, Fred Astaire.
I don't think that I will plunge the nation into war by stating that Fred Astaire is the greatest tap-dancer in the world.
"There's nothing to beat these old English country houses." said Charlie, becoming lyrical. "All those parks and gardens and terraces and stuff. Makes you think of bygone ages and knights in armour and all like that. I saw one of these joints in a movie in Cicero once with Fred Astaire in it, and I remember thinking those guys have it pretty soft."
Grayce Llewellyn thought that with appropriate dietary restrictions, she and J Sheringham Adair could have Ivor Llewellyn looking like Fred Astaire.
Come on, Fred, I'm not your sister, you know.
I once said that fifty years from now, the only one of today's dancers who will be remembered is Fred Astaire.
The girls always think we're going to throw them over a table or toss them in the air. Their muscles tense up right away. So Fred and I go and sit in a corner and pretend we're talking business.
I guess the only jewels of my life were the pictures I made with Fred Astaire.
If I was black and blue, it was Gene. If I didn't have a scratch it was Fred.
(Cary Grant) is, along with Fred Astaire, the best-dressed actor in American movies
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