Opening the Bill

Kathleen Riley

in The Astaires

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738410
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932955 | DOI:
Opening the Bill

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This chapter examines the differences and similarities in personality between Fred and Adele Astaire to reveal the essence of their relationship; the personal dynamics that brought them success and the character strengths that ensured professional harmony and enduring filial affection. Their contrasting personalities made them perfect foils for one another on stage – Adele a natural clown and free spirit, prone to mischief at any time, and Fred a workhorse, perfectionist, and worrier. The chapter introduces their parents, Frederic and Johanna Austerlitz, observing the father’s fascination with things musical and theatrical, their mother’s sheltered youth, and the inherited personality traits reflected by the children.

Keywords: astaire; fred; adele; austerlitz; personality; partnership

Chapter.  9623 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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