Silver Screen Stars

Silver Screen Stars

Fred Astaire
Season 2  |  Episode 5  |  Smooth/Arts  |  March 13, 2018

Fred Astaire, born in 1899, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is famous for his on screen partnership with fellow actress and dancer Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. It is said by Gene Kelly said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire". Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence. Classic titles include The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, Swing Time, Royal Wedding, Holiday Inn, Funny Face (with Audrey Hepburn), On the Beach (anti-nuclear war film set against the cold war) and Towering Inferno.

Fred Astaire, born in 1899, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is famous for his on screen partnership with fellow actress and dancer Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films. It is said by Gene Kelly said that "the history of dance on film begins with Astaire". Beyond film and television, many classical dancers and choreographers, Rudolf Nureyev, Sammy Davis, Jr, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins among them, also acknowledged his importance and influence. Classic titles include The Gay Divorcee, Top Hat, Swing Time, Royal Wedding, Holiday Inn, Funny Face (with Audrey Hepburn), On the Beach (anti-nuclear war film set against the cold war) and Towering Inferno.

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Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award for best actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. Before becoming a star in American films, she had been a leading actress in Swedish films. Her first introduction to US audiences came with her starring role in the English remake of Intermezzo in 1939. In the US, she brought to the screen a "Nordic freshness and vitality", along with exceptional beauty and intelligence. David O Selznick, who called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with, gave her a seven-year acting contract, thereby supporting her continued success. A few of her other starring roles, besides Casablanca, included For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St Mary's (1945), Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), and Under Capricorn (1949), and the independent production, Joan of Arc (1948). In 1950, after a decade of stardom in American films, she starred in the Italian film Stromboli, which led to a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini while they were both already married.

Silver Screen Stars: Ingrid Bergman

Media arts, History

Years 9-10, 11-12 Media arts, History
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Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award for best actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. Before becoming a star in American films, she had been a leading actress in Swedish films. Her first introduction to US audiences came with her starring role in the English remake of Intermezzo in 1939. In the US, she brought to the screen a "Nordic freshness and vitality", along with exceptional beauty and intelligence. David O Selznick, who called her "the most completely conscientious actress" he had ever worked with, gave her a seven-year acting contract, thereby supporting her continued success. A few of her other starring roles, besides Casablanca, included For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944), The Bells of St Mary's (1945), Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), and Under Capricorn (1949), and the independent production, Joan of Arc (1948). In 1950, after a decade of stardom in American films, she starred in the Italian film Stromboli, which led to a love affair with director Roberto Rossellini while they were both already married.
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