Fred Astaire(1899-1987), Dancer, actor and choreographer
Sitter in 2 portraits
American dancer, actor and singer. Began career with his sister Adele Astaire with Broadway success in shows such as Funny Face (1927). Famously partnered Ginger Rogers in Hollywood musicals including Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936). Co-starred with Judy Garland in Easter Parade (1948). Continued acting career into the 1970s with films such as The Towering Inferno (1974).
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1929