Nebraska Authors

Fred Astaire

AKA: born Frederick Austerlitz

Born 1899-05-10 Omaha, NE (USA)

Brother of Adele Astaire

Died 1987-06-22
Central City, CA (USA)

Chatsworth, CA (USA)
Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska in his early years, Fred Astaire was the son of Frederic and Ann Austerlitz and the brother of Adele Astaire. Adele and Fred were a sister-and-brother vaudeville act, later to become one of the best-known dance duos of New York. Fred Astaire is best known for his music and dance films with partner Ginger Rogers.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Music and Audio


Memoirs; Music; Dance;


Early dance school education in Omaha, NE at Chambers Dancing Academy



Places Worked

Broadway Shows
RKO Films


“150 Notable Nebraskans”, Number 41 on the Journal Star Sesquicentennial List of Significant Nebraskans


Steps in Time.: An Autobiography. 1959.

Composed Music:
"Not My Girl" 1929
"I'm Building Up to an Awful Let-down" 1936
"Sweet Sorrow" 1940
"Just Like Taking Candy From a Baby" 1940
"If Swing Goes, I Go Too" 1944
"Oh My Achin' Back" 1945
"There's No Time Like the Present" 1956
"Hello, Baby" 1956
"Calypso Hooray" 1957
"The Afterbeat" 1959
"I Love Everybody But You" 1962
"You Worry Me" 1962
"Life is Beautiful" 1975

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