Happy birthday, Fred

It’s the birthday of Fred Astaire, born Frederick Austerlitz in 1899. He broke into showbiz at a very young age, performing a vaudeville act with his sister Adele. They made their Broadway debut in 1917, and continued performing together until Adele’s marriage in 1932. Left on his own, Fred went to Hollywood to see if he could make it in the movies. Over the next five decades he had many successes — as well as a few failures — in movies and television. When he died in 1987, the headline in the New York Times read “Fred Astaire, the Ultimate Dancer, Dies.”

One Response to Happy birthday, Fred

  1. That was impressive — as he always was.

    What’s that he says at the beginning? “C’mon you ‘totney’ wildcats”?? Lost slang, I suppose.

    Urban Dictionary (always wear full-body condom when going there – I just saw it in a search clip) says “Someone who gets rude/disobeys you or your squad but there [they’re?] nothing special. Therefore they are a Bigtime Totney.”

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