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May 10 Remembering Fred Astaire

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on May 9, 2022.

Fred Astaire, the great dancer and choreographer, is best remembered for his dance partnership with Ginger Rogers and many film roles. In honor of his May 10 birthday, take a moment to learn more about him, in his own words.

Fred Astaire, dancer and actor (May 10, 1899–June 22, 1987)

“I know that once in awhile I've been on lists of best-dressed men, but it always comes as a surprise to me. I never think of myself as spic and span or all duded out—just as someone who wants to be comfortable and satisfy his own taste.” —Fred Astaire
Hublar, Richard. “Flashback Friday: The Astute Astaire.” GQ, October 14, 2011, https://www.gq.com/story/fred-astaire-gq-interview-style-fashion.

“I can't comprehend red evening ties or fluffy shirt fronts or that sort of thing.” —Fred Astaire
Hublar, Richard. “Flashback Friday: The Astute Astaire.” GQ, October 14, 2011, https://www.gq.com/story/fred-astaire-gq-interview-style-fashion.

“The only light color I like is light gray.” —Fred Astaire
Schlueter, Preston. “Fred Astaire: Gentleman of Style.” Gentleman’s Gazette, https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/fred-astaire-gentleman-of-style/.

“At the risk of disillusionment, I must admit that I do not like top hats, white ties, and tails.” —Fred Astaire
Schlueter, Preston. “Fred Astaire: Gentleman of Style.” Gentleman’s Gazette, https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/fred-astaire-gentleman-of-style/.

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