Reaction to the death of Fred Astaire on Monday came from such disparate places as the White House to the New York apartment of Irving Berlin to Ginger Rogers' home in a small Oregon community:
Rogers on her 10 films with Astaire:
"It was all with beautiful music from wonderful composers and wonderful lyricists," she said from her home in Shady Cove. "I just adored and admired Fred with all my heart. He was the best partner anyone could ever have."
Gene Kelly, Hollywood's other great dancing leading man, once said he and Astaire were a "fraternity of two," adding that their styles were as different as those of Marlon Brando and Cary Grant.
"My style is strong, wide open, bravura," Kelly said. "His is intimate, cool, easy. Mine is a plebeian style, his is an aristocratic one."