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Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

Legendary actor Fred Astaire was born on this day 120 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska. Considered one of the greatest entertainers of Old Hollywood, Astaire dazzled audiences on the stage and screen with his charisma and energy.

Profile of the Day: Fred Astaire

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He was the son of Johanna Geilus and Frederic Austerlitz and had an older sister Adele, who proved to a natural dancer and singer. Together, the siblings developed a vaudeville act as children and became quite popular thanks to their father’s salesmanship.

His career spanned 76 years, and included 31 musical films, many of which featured Ginger Rogers as his dancing partner.

Astaire died on June 22, 1987 in Los Angeles, California from pneumonia.

Fred Astaire is connected to over 130 million people in Geni’s World Family Tree. How are you related?

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