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Adele Astaire

(September 10, 1896 – January 25, 1981) and

Fred Astaire

(May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987)  

Adele left show business in 1932 to become the wife of Lord Cavendish, the second son of the ninth Duke of Devonshire.

Fred said of his sister on her retirement, “She was a great artist and inimitable, and the grandest sister anybody could have.” He had followed her into dancing. When he was 5 and she was 8, their parents sent him to her dance classes so he could keep her company, but he got interested. They had a 27 year career together.

Brother-and-sister dance act Adele and Fred Astaire photographed by

Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair, dancing at the Trocadero nightclub, July 1925.


Brother-sister dance partners

Fred and Adele Astaire in the Broadway

musical revue The Band Wagon (1931).