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Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse
Charisse in 1987, by Allan Warren
Personal information
Birth nameTula Ellice Finklea
Birth dateMarch 8, 1922
Place of birthAmarillo, Texas, U.S.
Date of deathJune 17, 2008(age 86)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1943-2006
SpouseNico Charisse (1939 - 47) 1 son
Tony Martin (1948 - 2008) (her death) 1 son

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Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 - June 17, 2008) was an American actress and dancer.

After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953) and Silk Stockings (1957). She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut.

In her later years, she discussed the history of the Hollywood musical in documentaries, and participated in That's Entertainment! III in 1994. She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

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