Charisse, Cyd


Charisse, Cyd
▪ 2009
Tula Ellice Finklea 
      American dancer and actress

born March 8, 1921/22, Amarillo, Texas

died June 17, 2008, Los Angeles, Calif.
won acclaim for her glamorous looks and sensual, technically flawless dancing in a handful of 1950s movie musicals, notably The Band Wagon (1953) and Silk Stockings (1957), both with Fred Astaire. As a teenager, she toured with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before debuting in a ballet sequence in the film Something to Shout About (1943), under the stage name Lily Norwood. She garnered the attention of MGM Studios, which hired her in 1946 and changed her name to Cyd Charisse, based on a childhood nickname. Charisse achieved star status with her dialogueless dance routine opposite Gene Kelly in the musical Singin' in the Rain (1952). She later partnered with Kelly in the smash musicals Brigadoon (1954) and It's Always Fair Weather (1955), but she had limited success as a straight actress. In 1963 Charisse and her husband, singer Tony Martin, formed a nightclub act and began touring internationally. The couple wrote The Two of Us (1976), a combined autobiography. She appeared on television and made a stage comeback in the Broadway musical Grand Hotel (1992). U.S. Pres. George W. Bush awarded Charisse a National Medal of the Arts in 2006.

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