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As we position ourselves carefully, we might send terpsichorean birthday greetings to Frederick Austerlitz; he was born in Omaha, Nebraska on this date in 1899. Despite a producer’s verdict on an early audition– “Can’t act, can’t sing, balding. Can dance a little.”– Fred Astaire, as he was better known, prospered. In a career that spanned 76 years, the film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, and actor starred in 31 musicals– and has been named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute.
Gene Kelly, another major innovator in filmed dance, said that “the history of dance on film begins with Astaire.” And beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers in other forms– Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins among them– also acknowledged Astaire’s importance and influence.
As for Ginger Rogers, with whom he co-starred in 10 films, her admiration was qualified: ”I don’t know why everyone makes such a fuss about Fred Astaire’s dancing. I did all the same steps, only backwards. And in heels!”
Click here for a hi-res version, with the films numbered 1-91.
As we we slip off into Big Apple dreams, we might recall that it was on this date in 1972 that Willie Mays, in his first game as a NY Met, hit the homer that beat his alma mater, the (San Francisco) Giants, 5-4.
On this same date in 1888, baseball enthusiast and (then New York) Giants fan, DeWolf Hopper first performed Ernest Thayer’s then-unknown poem “Casey at the Bat” at a game between the Giants and the Chicago Cubs. “The audience literally went wild,” the New York World reported the next day. “Men got up on their seats and cheered… it was one of the wildest scenes ever seen…” By coincidence, August 14th, 1888 was Ernest Thayer’s 25th birthday. Hopper’s gift to Thayer kept on giving: Hopper was the prime agent of the poem’s growing fame: he went on to recite it publicly over 10,000 times– in theaters, over the radio and on record (click here to hear), and ultimately in an early film.
Hopper, mid-recitation (source)
Further to yesterday’s touristy theme, from the ever-interesting folks at Strange Maps, a guide developed in 1927 by Paramount Pictures, advising producers where to look for foreign locations… without leaving California:
As we reconsider our packing strategies, we might recall that it was on this date in 1980 that CNN debuted– demonstrating that the whole world could also be found in Georgia.