Subject: Just A Couple of Swells
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Tues June 22, 1999 at 11:20PM

Just a Couple of Swells

When Garland and Astaire
Danced together as a pair
In their film - Easter Parade
There's no doubt, it made ...

Confirmation of star-status of both
Although the only real genuine troth
Was enacted within the screen-tale
A story of a triangular affair paled ...

With Fred in love with Anne Miller
Judy inflamed by Lawford's filler
And the audience with the only true view
- Judy loves Fred, and Fred loves her, too

An irony not altogether lost in real life
For Judy never really held on as a wife
And packed it in on this date in sixty-nine
After her fifth marriage started to unwind

And it was this same date in eighty-seven
When Fred also made his way to heaven
There to join his old friend - co-star Judy
Who was always so gosh-darned moody

Making one sense the story played out
Wasn't just a fairy-tale ... but a real rout
A couple of swells ... who shared love
But who never really ... could get above ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
9:35pm Tuesday, June 22nd, 1999

The First Swell

Fred Astaire - born Frederick Austerlitz
on May 10th, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska
Died - June 22nd, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA

The Second Swell

Judy Garland - born Frances Gumm
on June 10th, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Died - June 22nd, 1969 in London, England

A couple more swells who also died on this date:

Maureen O'Sullivan - 1998 at 87 in Scottsdale, AZ
Mrs. Richard Nixon (Pat) - 1993 at 81 in Park Ridge, NJ