BORN: May 10, 1899
DIED: June 22, 1987
AGED: 88 yrs-from pneumonia
FAMOUS PARTNERS: Adele Astaire(his sis), Ginger Rogers, Barrie Chase(girl)
MARRIED: Twice-first wife passed away in early 1950's, married again in late 1970's to a jockey
Amazing dancer! Must see to appreciate his brilliance (you tube it-Begin the Beguine). Loved horses and the races. perfectionist and worry wart-sister called him Moaning Minnie. Lost weight perfecting dances. Hated the feather outfit of Ginger's in Top Hat-Feather would fly and get on his clothes. Favourite Dance Partner-he never really said but claims are he loved to dance with Rita Hayworth.When Ginger received Kennedy Centre Honours 2nd wife refused to show any of the dances Ginger did with Fred(now dead) stating she does not want her husband's image used wrongly. She had no problem having his image dance with a vacuum cleaner in a commercial though...Bitch!
FILMS: Top Hat, Roberta, Carefree, You Were Never Lovelier, The Bandwagon, Towering Inferno