Before they were Astaires, Adele and Fred were Austerlitzes.
Adele Astaire was Fred Astaire’s older sister. A year after this ad, she hitched up with Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish, the second son of Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, and became Lady Charles Cavendish. Also, she was more talented than Fred.
“Can’t Act. Slightly Bald. Also Dances.” “enormous ears and bad chin line” — Notes from Fred Astaire‘s RKO screen test
What’s going on here with the Commodore lurking behind the Lieutenant? Is he her friend? Her mentor? her dad? Her lover? Her fashion consultant? A creep? A ghost? A German spy? CURIOUS MINDS WANT TO KNOW! Continue reading →
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