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Fred Astaire, 1958 – 1981

Between 1958 and 1968, Fred made five TV variety shows with Barrie Chase.

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These might be from a practice session.
A wide Butterfly Position
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Left Shadow
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The four TV specials with Barrie Chase and some other TV appearances:

  • An Evening With Fred Astaire 10-17-58 (It won Emmys for Most Outstanding Single Program of the Year; Best Special Musical or Variety Program, One Hour or Longer; Best Direction of a Single Musical or Variety Program; Best Writing of a Single Musical or Variety Program; Best Live Camera Work; Best Art Direction in a Live Television Program; Best Musical Contribution to a Television Program; Best Choreography for Television; and Best Single Performance by an Actor; and the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.)
  • Another Evening With Fred Astaire, 2nd special with Barrie, 11-4-59
  • Astaire Time, 3rd special with Barrie, 9-28-60
  • Bob Hope presents the Chrysler Theatre 'Think Pretty,' with Barrie, 10-2-64
  • The Hollywood Palace, Fred dancing to jazz organist Jimmy Smith, 10-2-65
  • The Hollywood Palace, Fred & Barrie as a dressmaker's mannequin come to life, 1-22-66
  • The Hollywood Palace, Fred singing with Ethel Merman, 3-12-66
  • The Hollywood Palace, Fred dancing with Barrie, 4-30-66
  • The Fred Astaire Show, 4th special with Barrie, 2-7-68
  • The Academy Awards Telecast, Fred dancing with Bob Hope, 4-7-70
  • The Dick Cavett Show, interview and solo dancing, 11-11-70
In the movies, he took more straight dramatic roles and danced little.

On the Beach (1959) with Ava Gardner.

In The Pleasure of His Company (1961), he did dance briefly with Debbie Reynolds.
Semi-closed Position (but he may simply be leaving the room).
The Notorious Landlady (1962) with Kim Novak.
In Finian's Rainbow (1968) he frolicked with Petula Clark.



Midas Run (1969) with Anne Heywood.
The Towering Inferno (1974) with Jennifer Jones.
In 1974 and 1976, Fred helped to host MGM's That's Entertainment! and That's Entertainment, Part II, and he danced with Gene Kelly.




The Amazing Dobermans (1976)
Un Taxi Mauve (1977)
A Family Upside Down (1978) with Helen Hayes.

The Man In the Santa Clause Suit (1979)
Fred's last film was Ghost Story (1981)
And finally a photo to show that Fred Astaire occasionally danced just for fun; here with his first wife, Phyllis, who died in 1954.
At the Santa Anita race track, 1948.
With daughter, Ava Astaire McKenzie, 1976.


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