Fred Astaire's farewell dance

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circa 1946: Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) the stage name of Frederick Austerlitz, the American dancing star, dons the familiar top hat, Ascot tie and tails for his farewell rehearsal dance in Paramount's 'Blue Skies' after which he has announced he intends to retire. He is practising on the studio roof-top. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Code: 3281046

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