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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (1981)

The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire (original title)
A Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to dancer Fred Astaire by the AFI featuring highlights from his films and reminiscences from his co-workers.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Dancer Fred Astaire in honored with the 9th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute at Hollywood banquet. Film clips from his best work with partner Ginger Rogers and others along with reminiscences from such dancing partners as Eleanor Powell, Barrie Chase, Cyd Charisse, and Audrey Hepburn are featured as well as highlights of Fred singing Gershwin and Porter songs. Written by duke1029

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18 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Emcee David Niven's voice seems slightly slurred. Although he excuses it with a joke to the audience at the beginning, he doesn't offer an explanation, describing it as "parrot-like." Niven was secretly suffering from ASL, a debilitating disease which would take his life two years later. See more »

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George Stevens Jr. - Presenter: Sitting at that horseshoe table there is the greatest musical performer in the history of motion pictures.
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George Stevens Jr. - Presenter: and premiere dancer of the 20th Century.
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The Carioca
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu
Danced to by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in clip from "Flying Down to Rio"
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The Humble Icon
4 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this heartfelt tribute is, the genuine humbleness of Fred Astaire himself. I felt he was semi hidden behind an invisible veil of discomfort. As if he was putting himself through this golden ordeal four our benefit, just and only for us. To give us a chance to give him thanks and express one way or another how we felt about him about his entire opus but I couldn't help feeling that if it had been up to him, he would rather be in Philadelphia. He even mentioned Ginger Rogers with love and admiration, although she wasn't there to do the same. I think Eleanor Powell put it in the most moving and powerful way, looking at Fred Astaire she said with a smile that masked the pathos of her remark "I wish we could do it, just one more time"


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