One of the crucial most beneficial entertainers of the 20 th century—singer, actor, choreographer, and, after all, probably the most astounding “hoofer” within the historical past of movement footage—Fred Astaire used to be the epitome of allure, grace, and artful sophistication, with a method all his personal and a whole put out of your mind for the rules of gravity. Steps in Time is Astaire’s tale in his personal phrases, a memoir as beguiling, exuberant, and spell binding as the nice artist himself, the person ballet legends George Balanchine and Rudolf Nureyev stated as, arms down, the century’s biggest dancer.

From his debut in vaudeville at age six thru his exceptional occupation because the celebrity of a lot of the preferred Hollywood musicals ever captured on celluloid, Steps in Time celebrates the golden age of leisure and its royalty, as observed during the eyes of the generation’s affable and cherished prince. Illustrated with greater than 40 uncommon pictures from the creator’s private assortment, here’s Astaire in all his debonair glory—his existence, his occasions, his motion pictures, and, especially, his magical reveal appearances and enduring friendship with probably the most cherished of all his dancing companions, Ginger Rogers.