She had three children, a daughter in 1933 and twin sons in 1935, each of whom died soon after birth. On April 20, 1947, Adele Cavendish married her second husband, Col. Kingman Douglass, an American investment banker and Air Force officer who was an assistant director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He died in 1971. After Fred Astaire's success in Hollywood, Adele gave serious consideration in 1935 to making a musical film there.
She visited Hollywood and appeared in January 1936 on the Music Variety Show, but she admitted to feeling intimidated by her brother's reputation. During their partnership, Fred, whose perfectionism earned him the nickname "Moaning Minnie" from her, had always been the dominant creative force. In 1937 Adele began filming in England with Jack Buchanan and Maurice Chevalier, but withdrew after two days. She later recalled: "Oh boy, if my brother Fred sees this--I'm gone". There is no known film record of Adele performing (aside from a clip lasting a few seconds), but she made eight recordings, all duets with Fred. Unlike her brother, Adele was extremely gregarious and took great delight in shocking friends and strangers alike. Adele Astaire died of a stroke in Tucson, Arizona, aged 84.
Built in 1905, the Gottlieb Storz Mansion in Omaha includes the "Adele and Fred Astaire Ballroom" on the top floor, which is the only memorial to their Omaha roots. At the suggestion of Roddy McDowall, Astaire donated her papers and memorabilia - amounting to several trunks of material - to the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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