A consummate perfectionist who danced his way into the hearts of millions over his seventy-six years on stage and screen, Fred Astaire revolutionized not just the technique but also role of performance in film. Astaire insisted his routine be filmed in one long shot that captured his entire body – either the camera danced or he did, but not both. Astaire got his start in show biz at the age of five with his older sister, Adele, after their father lost his job and the family moved to New York in 1905. Despite a celebrated theater presence, Astaire found his star in Hollywood slower to rise. David O. Selznick, who had commissioned Astaire’s screen test, said in a memo, "I am uncertain about the man, but I feel, in spite of his enormous ears and bad chin line, that his charm is so tremendous that it comes through even on this wretched test."