„A: Nobody really. Well, actually, Fred Astaire.“

—  Fred Astaire, Stephen Sondheim in an interview with David Patrick Stearns, Classical Music Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 19, 2009 https://archive.is/20130630031503/www.philly.com/inquirer/magazine/20090219_An_upbeat_Sondheim__offering_answers.html?viewAll=y
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„I can sing as well as Fred Astaire can act.“

—  Burt Reynolds American actor, director and producer. 1936
Attributed to Reynolds in: Colin Jarman (1993). The Book of Poisonous Quotes. p. 129

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„Fred Astaire represented the aristocracy, I represented the proletariat.“

—  Gene Kelly American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer and choreographer 1912 - 1996
Quoted in Vaudeville Old and New, Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2004) http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=XFnfnKg6BcAC&pg=PA623&lpg=PA623&dq=%22Fred+Astaire+represented+the+aristocracy,+I+represented+the+proletariat.%22&source=bl&ots=5uoGqPw6x4&sig=YkykWG5pcdAalk3jOpgoWqVYxhQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Znv_Tqr4CYqy8QPJxfydAg&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22Fred%20Astaire%20represented%20the%20aristocracy%2C%20I%20represented%20the%20proletariat.%22&f=false

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„As a dancer, I out-Fred the nimblest Astaire.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster in Joy in the Morning (1947).

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„You're the nimble tread/Of the feet of Fred Astaire“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
from Cole Porter's lyric to "You're the Top".

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„(Cary Grant) is, along with Fred Astaire, the best-dressed actor in American movies“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Benjamin Schwarz in " Becoming Cary Grant http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/01/becoming-cary-grant/5548/" The Atlantic, January/February 2007

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„I guess the only jewels of my life were the pictures I made with Fred Astaire.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Rita Hayworth in Hallowell, John. "Rita Hayworth: Don't Put the Blame on Me, Boys." New York Times October 25, 1970, sec. 2, pp. 15, 38. (M).

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„Sure he (Fred Astaire) was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards... and in high heels.“

—  Bob Thaves cartoonist 1924 - 2006
A May 3, 1982 Frank and Ernest cartoon. Elizabeth Knowles, " Backwards and in high heels http://books.google.com/books?id=jxFQqDLav6wC&pg=PT25&dq=%22backwards%22+%22high+heels%22+%22ginger+rogers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wPs_U-qZC9PNsQS90YLYBQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22backwards%22%20%22high%20heels%22%20%22ginger%20rogers%22&f=false", What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations (Oxford Press: 2006) " Quotes About Ginger Rogers http://www.gingerrogers.com/about/quotes.html", Ginger Rogers: The Official Site Often incorrectly attributed to Faith Whittlesey, Ann Richards (who used it in a 1988 speech), or to Ginger Rogers herself Alternative version: Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.

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„Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.“

—  Ginger Rogers American actress and dancer 1911 - 1995
The line originated in a 1982 Frank and Ernest cartoon ( image http://www.reelclassics.com/Actresses/Ginger/ginger-article2.htm) by Bob Thaves as "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, ...backwards and in high heels." On the internet and in many publications the line is incorrectly attributed to Faith Whittlesey (see ). The official Ginger Rogers website http://www.gingerrogers.com/about/quotes.html attributes the line to Thaves.

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„After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.“

—  Ann Richards American politician 1933 - 2006
Context: If you give us the chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels** Keynote address, 1988 Democratic National Convention Earlier use in Frank and Ernest (c. 1982), by Bob Thaves, as the characters observe a billboard for a "Fred Astaire Film Festival: "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything that he did… backwards and in high heels." Quoted in

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„I don't think that I will plunge the nation into war by stating that Fred Astaire is the greatest tap-dancer in the world.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Robert Benchley in "Hail to the King!!" The New Yorker, November 29, 1930, pp. 33-36. (M).

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„As a dancer he stands alone, and no singer knows his way around a song like Fred Astaire.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Irving Berlin, quoted in Puttin' on the Ritz, BBC Programme Acquisition, 1999.

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„I once said that fifty years from now, the only one of today's dancers who will be remembered is Fred Astaire.“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Gene Kelly quoted in Shipman, David. The Great Movie Stars, The Golden Years. Crown Publishers, New York. 1970. pp. 25-29 as referenced in Billman, Larry: Fred Astaire - A Bio-bibliography, Greenwood Press, Connecticut, 1997. p. 351.

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„When you talk about Fred Astaire, you talk about heaven. What more can I say?“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
Johnny Green to Mike Steen in Steen, Mike. Hollywood Speaks! An Oral History, G.P. Putnam's, New York, 1974.

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„Fred Astaire once worked so hard/ he often lost his breath/ and now he taps all other chaps to death“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987
from Lorenz Hart's lyric to "Do it the Hard Way" from Pal Joey.

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