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Fred and Ginger before there was Fred & Ginger

These are a few Broadway photos of Fred Astaire (1899-1987) with his sister, Adele (1896-1981). They performed in vaudeville from 1905 until 1917, and then on Broadway. The last time they danced together on stage was March 5, 1932, in a road-company version of The Band Wagon. Adele then married Charles Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire, and left the stage for good.

Above, Lady's Tandem

At right, Flick or Lift

(click on any thumbnail for a larger view)

Closed Position but her head is open
Open Position
Shadow, same foot
Betty Compton, Adele Astaire, Gertrude McDonald, and Fred Astaire in Funny Face, 1927. Funny Face, 1927
Lady, Be Good
Fred & Adele in The Band Wagon, 1931Fred & Adele in The Band Wagon, 1931Fred, about 1920
Fred and Adele, 1920sFred and Adele, ca. 1926Fred and Adele, 1927Fred and Adele, 1929Fred and Adele, 1930Fred and Adele, 1960s
Fred and Adele in their early years in vaudeville.
Fred and Adele ca. 1906Fred ca. 1907Fred and Adele 1911Fred 1914
Fred and Adele's NY and London shows --
  • Over the Top, 1917 - 1918
  • The Passing Show of 1918, 1918 - 1919
  • Apple Blossoms, 1919 - 1921
  • The Love Letter, 1921 - 1922
  • For Goodness Sake, 1922
  • The Bunch and Judy, 1922
  • Stop Flirting: A Musical Farce (London version of For Goodness Sake), 1923 - 1924
  • Lady Be Good, 1924 - 1927
  • Funny Face, 1927 - 1929
  • Smiles, 1930
  • The Band Wagon, 1931 - 1932
  • Gay Divorce (Fred with Claire Luce), 1932 - 1933
Ginger Rogers, before Fred
in Girl Crazy, 1930in Girl Crazy, 1930


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