1981 Fred Astaire Tribute
The 9th AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to Fred Astaire at a Gala Tribute on April 10, 1981, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
At the Gala Tribute, a multitude of guests and presenters gathered to celebrate Astaire. Presenters included Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cagney, Cyd Charisse, Barrie Chase, Bob Fosse, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Gene Kelly, David Niven, Hermes Pan and Eleanor Powell. The AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to Astaire by George Stevens, Jr.