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      Cyd Charisse

      Cyd Charisse

      Highest Rated: 100% Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Words and Music (1948)

      Birthday: Mar 8, 1922

      Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

      Born Tula Ellice Finklea, Cyd Charisse was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1922. She suffered from polio as a young girl and took up dancing as part of her recovery. As a teenager, she was sent to California for professional dance training and landed in the touring troupe of the Ballet Russe Monte Carlo, where she met her first husband, Nico Charisse. After a couple of anonymous background dancing roles, Charisse appeared earned her first credit in "Something to Talk About" (1943) using the name Lily Norwood. She landed a contract at MGM and producer Arthur Freed changed her name to Cyd Charisse for her appearance in "Zeigfeld Follies" (1945), directed by Vincente Minelli. Freed cast Charisse again in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), this time in a single dance scene with Gene Kelly, but it was enough to make her the leading lady in her next film, "The Band Wagon" (1953) with Fred Astaire, again produced by Freed and directed by Minelli. She proved to be a reliable lead in musical/dance films like "Brigadoon" (1954) and "Silk Stockings" (1957), until the late 1950s, which saw a decline in the popularity of the genre. With dancing on the wane, Charisse began to take more dramatic roles. Starting with "Party Girl" (1958), she began to escape the dance genre, and for the next decade appeared in supporting roles in films like "Assassination in Rome" (1965) and "The Silencers" (1966), as well as guest roles on shows like "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984) and "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996). Charisse continued appearing on screen through the 1980s. She passed away in 2008.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Silk Stockings
      100% Singin' in the Rain
      100% Till the Clouds Roll By
      100% The Harvey Girls
      95% The Band Wagon
      91% It's Always Fair Weather
      89% Two Weeks in Another Town
      88% Rock Hudson's Home Movies

      Photos

      THE HARVEY GIRLS, Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Cyd Charisse, Kenneth Laurence Baker, 1946 TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN, Kirk Douglas, Cyd Charisse, 1962 PARTY GIRL, Cyd Charisse, 1958 TWILIGHT FOR THE GODS, Cyd Charisse, Rock Hudson, 1958 MARK OF THE RENEGADE, Cyd Charisse, Ricardo Montalban, 1951 ON AN ISLAND WITH YOU, Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse, 1948 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, from front, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, 1952 THE BAND WAGON, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, 1953 TWILIGHT FOR THE GODS, from left: Rock Hudson, Cyd Charisse, 1958 SILK STOCKINGS, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, 1957 SILK STOCKINGS, Cyd Charisse, Fred Astaire, 1957 SILK STOCKINGS, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, 1957. SILK STOCKINGS, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, 1957 THE SILENCERS, Cyd Charisse, 1966 SILENCERS, THE, Cyd Charisse, 1966 THE SILENCERS, Cyd Charisse, 1966 MEET ME IN LAS VEGAS, from left: Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey, 1956 BRIGADOON, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, 1954 IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, 1955 THE BAND WAGON, (from left): Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, 1953

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 83% That's Entertainment! III Self $150.8K 1994
      88% 35% Rock Hudson's Home Movies Charlotte King (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swimsuit Mrs. Allison (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort Sheilah Croft (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 43% Warlords of Atlantis Atsil (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maroc 7 Louise Henderson (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Sarita (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assassination in Rome Shelley North (Character) - 1965
      89% 62% Two Weeks in Another Town Carlotta (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 60% Five Golden Hours Baroness Sandra (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 71% Black Tights The Widow (Character) - 1960
      83% 57% Party Girl Vicki Gaye (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight for the Gods Charlotte King (Character) - 1958
      100% 68% Silk Stockings Ninotchka "Nina" Yoschenko (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 66% Meet Me in Las Vegas Maria Corvier (Character) - 1956
      91% 74% It's Always Fair Weather Jackie Leighton (Character) - 1955
      86% 71% Brigadoon Fiona Campbell (Character) - 1954
      95% 82% The Band Wagon Gabrielle Gerard (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sombrero Lola de Torrano (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 50% The Wild North Indian girl (Character) - 1952
      100% 95% Singin' in the Rain Dancer (Character) $23.9K 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Renegade Manuella de Vasquez (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 65% Tension Mary Chanler (Character) - 1949
      43% 74% East Side, West Side Rosa Senta (Character) - 1949
      20% 61% Words and Music Margo Grant (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% The Kissing Bandit Dancer (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 45% On an Island With You Yvonne Torro (Character) - 1948
      67% 29% The Unfinished Dance Mlle. Ariane Bouchet (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 44% Fiesta Conchita (Character) - 1947
      69% 58% Ziegfeld Follies Dance Specialty (Character) - 1946
      100% 48% Till the Clouds Roll By Dance Specialty (Character) - 1946
      100% 83% The Harvey Girls Deborah (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Wise Fools Rena Fairchild (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gay Parisian Unknown (Character) - 1941

      TV

      Credit
      95% 94% Frasier Polly (Guest Voice) 1995
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Amanda Richardson (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Myrna Montclair LeRoy (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundies Music Performer