Even though the report on his first screen test was dismal ("Can't act. Can't sing. Can dance a little."), the genial hoofer became one of the most innovative and influential dancers in film history; his collaboration with Ginger Rogers resulted in such classics as "The Gay Divorcee" and "Top Hat"; other notable appearances include "Holiday Inn" and "Funny Face." Item #44226
IPS (magazine stock), 7½" X 10½", n.p., 1960. Near fine. This candid informal full-length black and white shot (likely from a "Life" magazine profile) shows Astaire dancing with an unidentified smiling woman against a dark background and foggy floor. He boldly inscribes and signs in blue ballpoint in a light area at lower left: "To Donald Burnell / Sincerely / Fred Astaire / 1960." Attractive example.