Fred Astaire: 122 years of elegance, class, perfection & humility.
My admiration for Mr. Astaire began only last year, when I plunged into the world of OH Musicals. Incidentally, I became a Kelly fan first, and that's when I came across an 'Astaire somebody' who seemed to be THE harbinger before him. Unable to believe this fact, I started with Funny Face. And then came Top Hat. And then Swing Time. And gee, I was in love with him before I could realise.
Fred Astaire is an icon. But it's way much more than that. While his indomitable talent & work remains unparalleled, It is the man's personality that I worship as well.
His shy, one-cornered smile, flicks of the wrist, that nervous rub behind the head, his composed persona and the respect that emanated from his hazel, serene eyes for everyone around him made him a legend as much as his perpetual feet rhythms did.
Enjoy these glimpses I captured while on an FA movie rampage.
Happiest of birthdays, Fred Astaire.
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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Richard Avedon in May, 1957.
[would she do anything differently if she was given a do-over]: I think I’d do everything differently. I’d make every single decision differently. Except… I don’t think I’d have found what I’ve found now, at last – this man who means the most to me. So if all of it was necessary for me to reach this point, and it seems that it was, then it was worth it!
-Marilyn to Redbook magazine, February, 1958, by Robert J. Levin.
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