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Adele was born Adele Marie Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska; the daughter of Johanna "Ann" (née Geilus), an American Lutheran-native of German descent, and Frederic "Fritz" Emanuel Austerlitz (September, 1868–1924), an Austrian Roman Catholic brewer from Vienna. Adele became an Episcopalian like her younger brother.
In 1905 Adele Astaire had a successful vaudeville act with her younger brother Fred Astaire. They developed it into a celebrated adult career on Broadway and on the London stage. Adele was the bigger star… read more