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The Astaires: Fred & Adele

Kathleen Riley

Abstract

Before ‘Fred and Ginger’, there was ‘Fred and Adele’, a show business partnership and a cultural sensation like no other. It is difficult in our ‘celebrity’-sated era to comprehend what a genuine phenomenon the Astaires were. At the height of their success in the mid-1920s the siblings were seasoned transatlantic commuters, ambassadors of an art form they had helped to revolutionize, adored by audiences, feted by royalty, and courted socially by the elite in just about every field of endeavour. They seemed to define the Jazz Age. They were Gershwin’s music in motion; a fascinating pair who wov ... More

Keywords: fred Astaire, adele Astaire, astaires, jazz Age, gershwin, dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199738410
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738410.001.0001

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Kathleen Riley, author

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