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Adele Astaire

Adele Astaire (born Adele Marie Austerlitz, later known as Lady Charles Cavendish; September 10, 1896 – January 25, 1981), was an American dancer, stage actress, and singer. After beginning work as a dancer and vaudeville performer at the age of nine, Astaire built a successful performance career with her younger brother, Fred Astaire.

The brother and sister act initially worked their way through vaudeville circuits, finally achieving a breakthrough with their first Broadway roles in 1917. Astaire became known for her talents as a skilled dancer and comedienne, starring in hit Broadway musicals such as Lady, Be Good! (1924), Funny Face (1927) and The Band Wagon (1931). The siblings took several of their more popular shows to Britain's West End during the 1920s, where they were soon international celebrities, meeting members of the British royal family and prominent figures from contemporary arts and literature circles.

In 1932, after a 27-year partnership with her brother, Astaire retired from the stage to marry Lord Charles Cavendish, the second son of the 9th Duke of Devonshire. The couple moved to the Cavendish estate of Lismore Castle in Ireland. Despite offers of both stage and film roles from producers eager to see her return to acting, Astaire declined to come out of retirement. Following Cavendish's death in 1944, Astaire remarried and moved back to the United States. She divided her time between properties in the United States; Round Hill, Jamaica; and her old home of Lismore Castle, where she spent her summers up until the end of her life.

In 1972, Astaire was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 10th, 1896 (Omaha), Died January 25th, 1981 (Tucson)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor LBRC-70264 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 10/5/1931 The band wagon Adele Astaire ; Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Orchestra, with female-male vocal duets and solos and speech vocalist  
Victor BRC-70292 10-in. 10/19/1931 Hoops Adele Astaire ; Fred Astaire ; Leo Reisman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Astaire, Adele," accessed April 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104805.

Astaire, Adele. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104805.

"Astaire, Adele." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104805

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