Joseph Epstein’s Fred Astaire
I wish i’d remembered to include Joseph Epstein’s new book about Fred Astaire on my Christmas list. Aside from being one of the most graceful, talented and fantastic men to watch (not to mention a looker), he was in vaudeville as a child with his sister, and in his fascinating life became an actor, a singer, a devoted husband, a tremendous dancer, and a man of great dignity. He always refused to allow a film to be made of his life, and included a clause in his will that no posthumous fim biography be made, either – so the written is all we get.
So, in honour of Fred Astaire, check out this video of the Nicholas Brothers performing ‘Stormy Weather’, which Fred Astaire called “the greatest dance number ever filmed”.
I’ve seen it at least six times, and it still completely blows my mind and makes me smile ear to ear.