To Fred Astaire With Love
After the death of her beloved Aunt Ellie, Margaret Yearwood discovers a hidden bundle of love letters addressed to her aunt. At least Margaret and her sister Norah thought she was their aunt. The letters, however, reveal a shocking secret: that Ellie, a footloose woman with an insatiable wanderlust, was actually their biological mother-and the parents who raised them were their aunt and uncle.
From the vaudeville era, through the Astaire-Rogers movies, to the intricate artistry of bebop, tap has dominated American dance with its rhythm, originality, and humor. This book collects the voices and memories of thirty of America's best-loved tap-dance stars and two hundred rare theater, film, and publicity photographs. Here Shirley Temple recalls her magical duo with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson; Fayard Nicholas describes his days at Harlem's Cotton Club performing with Cab Calloway; Fred Kelly visits his and his brother Gene's Pittsburgh dance studio; Hermes Pan reminisces about his work with George Gershwin, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire; and, in a chapter new to this edition, Toy and Wing tell about their days as the world's leading Asian tap duo.
The playboy lifestyle of Charlie (Fred Astaire) dismays his wealthy aunt (Marjorie Main). After he meets charity worker Angela (Vera-Ellen), Charlie genuinely falls in love with her, so much so that he actually floats in the air. When Charlie skips his own wedding to another woman (Gale Robbins), his aunt demands that he change his ways. Dedicated to winning over Angela, Charlie cleans up his act and even gets a job as a driver to impress her - causing her to float, too.