Adele is a bio-fictional account of the life of Adele Astaire, famed dancer, stage star and comedienne of the 1920s. Adele was born in 1896 in Omaha, Nebraska, to hard-working parents Fritz and Johanna Austerlitz. Adele was outgoing and loved to dance – her teacher picked her out as talented at her local dance class and advised her mother to take her to New York, where he felt she could pursue a theatrical career.
At the age of eight and with five year old younger brother Fred in tow, the family set off for stage school and began their training. Soon the children were ready for performance and they developed an act that saw them join the vaudeville ranks, change their name to ‘Astaire’ and travel all over the United States. As teens they trained even further perfecting their professional dancing until they were ready for Broadway. It was the beginning of a hugely successful and financially rewarding stage career for the sibling partnership.