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Cyd Charisse

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Words And... Mickey Rooney and Tom Drake play real-life songwriting geniuses Lorenz Hart and... more info $5.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Brigadoon DVD ... Lerner and Loewe's magical musical romance.Look on a map and you won't find it.... more info $7.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Assassination... Go undercover for a double-feature of spies doing what they do best. In... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

An American In... Gene Kelly, producer Arthur Freed, director Vincente Minnelli and a skilled... more info $7.99was $14.98 Buy Now

Party Girl... Set in 1930s Chicago, Party Girl follows a bum-legged mouthpiece for the mob... more info $12.99was $19.99 Buy Now

The Wild North... Canadian officer Pedley slaps the cuffs on an accused murderer, mountain man... more info $12.99was $19.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Tula Ellice Finklea,Lily Norwood,Lily Norwood Died: June 17, 2008
Born: March 8, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas Profession: Cast ... dancer actor


Sinuous, dark-haired dancer with impossibly long legs who enlivened some of the finest MGM musicals of the 1950s. Classically trained yet very much a product of the post-"Oklahoma", semi-modern dance school, the dynamic Charisse was one of the finest dancers ever to achieve star status in Hollywood. While her acting and singing abilities were decidedly modest, her grace, serenity and earthy sensuality (somewhat reminiscent of the more fiery Ava Gardner, whom she strongly resembled) made her presence a decided plus. Charisse starred opposite musical comedy luminaries Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in such films as "The Band Wagon" (1953), "Brigadoon" (1954), "It's Always Fair Weather" (1955) and "Silk Stockings" (1957) and later appeared in straight dramatic fare like Nicholas Ray's "Party Girl (1958) and Vincente Minnelli's "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962) before her film career petered out. Charisse later did occasional night club work, often with her second husband, crooner Tony Martin, in which she continued to display the dancing talent which had earned her stardom. After years of performing in summer stock musicals, she made her Broadway debut in 1991 in the musical "Grand Hotel", starring in the role originated in the 1932 film by Greta Garbo and on the Broadway stage by Liliane Montevecchi.

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