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Kermit and Miss Piggy, from the 1982 calendar.

Fredginger

Fred Astaire with Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire (1899-1987) was a film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films (the most famous being Top Hat). His unparalleled skill as a dancer has led many critics to cite him as the best dancer ever to come out of Hollywood.

In 1966, Astaire hosted an episode of The Hollywood Palace that included Kermit performing the "Inchworm" sketch.

Phyllis Fraser, Christopher and Jonathan Cerf's mother, was a first cousin of Astaire's dancing partner, Ginger Rogers.

References

  • During the dance marathon in The Muppet Show episode 515, First Mate Piggy is eaten by a hungry alien (Mean Mama). Gonzo warns Piggy that if she stops dancing, she'll be disqualified from the contest. As Piggy dances inside the alien's stomach, Gonzo sighs, "Fred and Ginger were never better."

Sources

  1. "Movie Notes", The Muppet Fan Club newsletter, vol. 3 no. 2, 1981.

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