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At the Movies with Joanna's latest feature: Friends for Life - Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin
Find out how two great entertainment legends met and became great friends for life.
Visit At the Movies with Joanna to learn more about these two men who met in 1935 on the set of the film TOP HAT and became lifelong best friends. You'll learn some surprising things about how their careers began and unfolded into the legends they became.
Check out Joanna's other blogs on various stars of the 1930s and 1940s and enjoy!
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Here's an excerpt from Joanna's blog:
One day in 1935, two men met on the set of the film TOP HAT and became lifelong best friends. They were very much alike: reserved, intensely private, dedicated to their wives, workaholics, perfectionists…
TOP HAT was the fourth film that paired Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They had small parts in FLYING DOWN TO RIO in 1933 (their first film together) and were given a dance number. No one at RKO expected much from the film, but audiences raved about Fred and Ginger. They loved their chemistry and great dancing. David O. Selznick, Head of Production at RKO Radio Pictures, put them in eight more films, six of which became RKO's biggest moneymakers at that time—TOP HAT grossing the most.
TOP HAT marked the first time Berlin wrote the score for an Astaire film…and every one of his five songs became a hit, including Cheek to Cheek, Isn't This a Lovely Day, and Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Between 1935 and 1948, Berlin wrote 20 tunes for six Astaire and Rogers films—more than any other composer. They worked together very well. Astaire loved Berlin's music, and Berlin said of Astaire: "Fred knew the value of a song and his heart was in it before his feet took over."*
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