After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.— Ann Richards
Colossal Astaire quotations
Fred Astaire is my hero. I love him because he was willing to kill himself to make his art look effortless. And because he proved it's possible to be an artist and a good person.
I wish I was born in that era: dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, going to work at the studio dressed in beautiful pants, head scarves, and sunglasses.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
If Fred Astaire is the Cary Grant of dance, I'm the Marlon Brando.
Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.
Being young isn't about age, it's about being a free spirit.
You can meet someone of 20 who's boring and old, or you can meet someone of 70 who's youthful and exciting. I met Fred Astaire when he was 72 and I was 21, and I fell in love with him. He certainly was a free spirit.
When Ginger Rogers danced with Astaire, it was the only time in the movies when you looked at the man, not the woman.
Dancing in Tijuana when I was 13 — that was my 'summer camp.
' How else do you think I could keep up with Fred Astaire when I was 19?
What do dancers think of Fred Astaire? It's no secret.
We hate him. He gives us a complex because he's too perfect. His perfection is an absurdity. It's too hard to face.
I arrived in Hollywood twenty pounds overweight and as strong as an ox.
But if I put on a white tails and tux like Fred Astaire, I still looked like a truck driver.
Did any artist ever bring more pure joy to more people than Fred Astaire?
Fred Astaire told me things I will never forget.
Gene Kelly also said he liked my dancing. It was a fantastic experience because I felt I had been inducted into an informal fraternity of dancers, and I felt so honored because these were the people I most admired in the world.
Dancing, as Fred Astaire said, is next to ditch-digging.
You sweat and you slave and the audience doesn't think you have a brain in your head.
When I am asked about influences, I always say I bow down to Fred Astaire, because when you look at him dancing you never look at his extremities, do you? You look at his centre. What you never see is the hours of work that went into the routines, you just see the breathtaking spirit and freedom.
Because we are human, because we are bound by gravity and the limitations of our bodies, because we live in a world where the news is often bad and the prospects disturbing, there is a need for another world somewhere, a world where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers live.
I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It's kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It's a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals.
My uncle, who was a little more flamboyant, always said the guy who dressed the best was Fred Astaire.
What I got, unconsciously, from admiring Fred Astaire was that he didn't want what he was doing to look difficult. What was difficult, in my opinion, was making it look so genuine, so effortless. I equally have tried to remain unseen on the screen.
I loved old black and white movies, especially the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. I loved everything about them - the songs, the music, the romance and the spectacle. They were real class and I knew that I wanted to be in that world.
Over the years, myths were built up about my relationship with Fred Astaire.
The general public thought he was a Svengali, who snapped his fingers for his little Trilby to obey; in their eyes, my career was his creation.
From Fred Astaire I learned discipline and hard work.
I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, being charmed from either side. It was pure Hollywood magic.
I felt Michael Jackson was inspired a little bit more from the elegance of a Fred Astaire. Michael loved Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown and Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. But he wasn't any of those people. To be inspired is one thing, but he made it all his own.
I think, however, that Astaire's coordination is better than Kelly's.
.. his sense of rhythm is uncanny. Kelly, on the other hand, is the stronger of the two. When he lifts you, he lifts you!... To sum it up, I'd say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on screen. But it's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious.
I am the Fred Astaire of karate.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
Being a shy, little, skinny Asian kid growing up in the Silicon Valley with low self-esteem, [dancers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson] made me believe in something bigger.
I was asked to act when I couldn't act.
I was asked to sing 'Funny Face' when I couldn't sing, and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance - and do all kinds of things I wasn't prepared for. Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
Even Gene Kelly: I always preferred him to Fred Astaire, just because he was more athletic, like skateboarding. His leaps were big. There was something really great about his moves.
I thought Fred Astaire was the most chic man.
I loved the way he dressed. Never mind his dancing, which was beyond - he was just so elegant and had this freedom of body.
Michael Jackson loved studying the greats.
He felt that they could only add to what he did naturally. He was absolutely right. I mean, he studied James Brown for years when he was 10 years old, because the Jackson 5 would open for James. He studied him. He studied Fred Astaire. He loved to watch Fred's movies.
For me, I was watching Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Orson Welles, Victor Fleming movies, and I said, "I want to tell stories like that. I want to move people like that. But I'm good at magic, so what am I going to do?" So I started using magic for the right reasons - to get the girl.
Bud [Yorkin] broke out big when he did 'The Fred Astaire Show' and won four Emmys. His wife at the time suggested that we team up. We got a lot of press in show business papers, and a number of offers...we eventually signed with Paramount Pictures. But I always like to say, his was the horse that we rode in on. That is my favorite recollection.
Of course the Disney movies, you know all the soundtracks, and anything Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were doing - Singing in the Rain was one of my favorite musicals I used to watch a lot because my mom came from a theatre background.