Fred Astaire Had Been A Widower For 27 Years Before Marrying Again A Woman Who Was 45 Years His Junior
Fred Astaire’s second marriage to a woman 45 years younger than him astonished so many in Hollywood including his own family.
Fred Astaire’s first marriage to Phyllis Potter
The actor’s first marriage was to New York socialite Phyllis Potter. She died at the age of 46 from lung cancer. Her death put an end to their happy marriage of over two decades. He was so devasted by her death that he attempted to drop of the process of filming Daddy Long Legs. The actor was eventually persuaded to stay.