Monday, January 01, 2007

Wow! Fred Astaire Was Cool...

He won Ginger Rogers over with his dancing in The Gay Divorcee. (Back when gay meant, well, gay, as in numbers one through four here or as in this song.).

As implausible as it would be for mere mortals to win a girl with their dancing, it totally made sense with Astaire. Astaire was amazing! Mikhail Baryshnikov, one of the greatest dancers of all, once put it this way: "No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”


Anonymous said...

Great dancing!

I always liked the feminist quote: "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels."

Happy new year!

Mark Daniels said...

She was wonderful! As someone has said, she wasn't the best dancer with whom Astaire worked. But she was definitely his best dance partner. Plus she could act and she was gorgeous. The two of them were elegance personified.


Anonymous said...

I adore this man. - Greetings from Germany.