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A very young photo of adele Astaire Portrait

Stage Name

Birth Name

Adele Astaire

Adele Marie Austerlitz

  

         Adele's father left Austria for the USA in 1895. He married a young woman ten years younger than he named Ann Gelius whose parents were from Alsace. Frederic and Ann Austerlitz's first child was Adele, who was born in 1897 and later her brother Fred on May 10, 1899.

         Later in 1904, Adele ( Age 7,) her Brother ( Age 5) and mother moved to New York with their father to follow them later to start a show business career. It was here in New York that they would start their vaudeville journey. Adele was about two years older than her little brother ' Fred Astaire'.

   The Astaire's were home schooled and their mother was manager, promoter and chaperone except for about a year or so when they had to take a year off because Adele had matured and Fred was to small for Adele to perform with. During this time they actually went to school in Highwood, NJ.

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      Adele and Fred started dancing at an early age in Vaudeville around 1905 ( She was eight) and would later tour as part of a successful dance team with her brother on the Orpheum Circuit. The family decided it would be wise to change their name to Astaire, rather than Austerlitz and took their Uncle's name of L' Astaire and would be billed as 'Fred and Adele Astaire' making their vaudeville debut in Keyport, N.J. in 1905 with Adele being the star of the team for many years.

      By 1916 they made their professional Broadway debut in the musical comedy 'Over The Top' and would become stars of the Vaudeville and Broadway Stages. Life magazine (8/25/1941) reported that Adele became difficult to work with as she became more interested in her male suitors. Adele learned many of her routines from her routines from Fred but when Ziegfeld Partnered her brother up with Marilyn Miller in the Broadway show 'Smiles', she went to Buddy Bradley for her solo routine in the show. Adele would continue learning different dances from Bradley until Bradley left for England and was replaced by Herbie Harper, she would learn the steps from Harper and later show them to Fred.

     Adele sang and danced with her brother Fred up till the time Fred started to gain more attention than herself, she then announced her retirement in 1932 and married one of her many suitors  ' Lord Charles Francis Cavendish'  which lasted till his death in 1942, later marrying Kingman Douglass. Fred and Adele's career lasted 28 years. Fred continued on his own and went on to become a super star in Movies. Adele Astaire died of a stroke in Tucson, Arizona in 1981 and was interned at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, CA.

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Omaha, Nebraska (Adele) 9/10/1897 - 1/25/1981 Lord Charles Francis Cavendish (1932-1942) n/a
  ((Fred) 5/10/1899 - 6/22/1987) Kingman Douglass (1947-?)      

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Other

Ballroom Fred Astaire      
Hoop Dance            
The One Step            
The Tango ( Ballroom)            
Tap dance            
The Waltz ( Ballroom)            

Video Clip View (Po-Up Window)

Music Titles / Songs

Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1916 - My Croony Melody Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Every Day in Every Way Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1930 - Be Good to Me
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1917 - Justine Johnson Rag Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - How Do You Do, Katinka? Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1930 - If I Were You, Love
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1917 - Where is the Language to Tell Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Oom-Pah (Trot-One Step) Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - Hoops
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Bring on the Girls Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Pale Venetian Moon Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - I Love Louisa
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Quick Service Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Peach Girl Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - Sweet Music
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1918 - Twit, Twit, Twit Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Stairway to Paradise Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1931 - White Heat
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1921 - Dreaming
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1922 - The Whichness of the Whatness Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. $ A Portrait of Fred Astaire [CD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1921 - I'll Say I Love You Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - Time Square Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. $ Gerswhin: Fascinating Rhythm [CD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1921 - Upside Down Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Hang onto Me Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. $ Gerswhin Plays Greatest Hits [CD]
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1922 - All to Myself Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - Oh, Lady be Good! Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Hang on to Me
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1924 - Fascinating Rhythm Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - Funny Face Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. I Love to Quarrel With You
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1924 - I'd Rather Charleston
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1926 - Hang On To Me Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. So am I
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - S' Wonderful Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - Let's Kiss and Make Up Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Swiss Miss
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1922 - Oh Gee, Oh Gosh!
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1930 - Babbitt and the Bromide, the    
           

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

The Trocadero (1925) 44th St. Roof Garden (1917) 1914-1917 - New Songs & Smart Dances ( Act)
      Alvin Theater (1927) 1917 - Over The Top ( W/Fred)
      Empire Theater (1926) 1918 - Passing Show of 1918 ( W/Fred)
      Globe Theater (1919) 1919 - Apple Blossoms ( W/Fred)
      Liberty Theater (1924) 1921 - Love Letters ( W/Fred)
      Lyric Theater (1921) 1922 - Punch and Judy ( W/Fred)
      New Amsterdam Theatre (1931) 1922 - For Goodness Sake ( W/Fred)
      Queen's Theater (1924) 1923 - Stop Flirting ( W/Fred)
      Shaftesbury Theater (1923) 1924 - Lady Be Good ( W/Fred)
      Strand Theater (1924) 1927 - Funny Face ( W/Fred)
      Winter Garden Theater (1918) 1930 - Smiles ( W/Fred)
      Ziegfeld Theater (1930) 1931 - Band Wagon ( W/Fred)[Clip]

Films

Television

Publications

1915 - Fanchon, the Cricket 1958 - Fabulous Fred Astaire 7/19/1924 - Pop Music & Dancing Weekly ( UK)
      1991 - Fred Astaire Song book 1/1925 - Elks Magazine ( B.P.O.E.)
            4/1926 - Theater Magazine ( W/Fred)
            4/1929 - Elks Magazine ( B.P.O.E.)
            2/1933 - Vanity Fair Mag.
            9/18/1944 - Life Magazine
            11/19/1945 - Life Magazine (Adele Comes Home)
            1945 - Vanity Fair Book
            Book: Astaire: A Biography
            Book: Fred Astaire ( Green)
            Book: Fred Astaire: A Bio-Bibliography ( Billman)
            Book: Fred Astaire [Abridged]( Thomas)
            Book: Fred Astaire: A Wonderful Life ( Adler)
            Book: Fred Astaire Story ...His Life...
            Book: Jazz Dance (Marshall Stearns)
            Book: Make Believe, The Broadway Musicals
            Book: 1995 - Dance Till Dawn
            Book: 2000 - Steps In Time ( Astaire)
            Turn Left At The Black Cow (Mckenzie)

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