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Cyd Charisse Biography and Filmography
Cyd Charisse
Birthday: March 8, 1921
Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 9"
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Cyd Charisse was born to be a dancer. She spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at 13. In 1939 she married Nico Charise, her ex-dance teacher. In 1943 she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About (1943), billed as Lily Norwood. The same year she played a Russian dancer in Mission to Moscow (1943), directed by Michael Curtiz. In 1945 she was hired to dance with Fred Astaire in Ziegfeld Follies (1946), and that uncredited appearance got her a seven-year contract with MGM. She appeared in a number of musicals over the next few years, but it was Singin' in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly that made her a star. That was quickly followed by her great performance in The Band Wagon (1953). As the 1960s dawned, musicals faded from the screen, as did her career. She made appearances on television and performed in a nightclub revue with her second husband, singer Tony Martin.
Satin and Silk (2003)
Swimsuit (1989)
[ Catherine Oxenberg ][ Nia Peeples ][ Ally Walker ][ Greta Blackburn ]
Visioni private (1989)
Sentimental Journey (1984)
[ Jaclyn Smith ][ Maureen Stapleton ]
Glitter (1984)
[ Markie Post ][ Ginger Rodgers ][ Patricia Neal ][ Tracy Nelson ][ Joan Van-Ark ]
Portrait of an Escort (1980)
[ Susan Anspach ]
The Island of Lost Women/The Flight of Great Yellow Bird (1978)
[ Michelle Pfeiffer ]
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
[ Teri Garr ][ Madeline Kahn ][ Yvonne De-Carlo ][ Zsa Zsa Gabor ][ Joan Blondell ]
Maroc 7 (1967)
[ Elsa Martinelli ][ Alexandra Stewart ]
The Silencers (1966)
[ Stella Stevens ][ Daliah Lavi ]
Segreto del vestito rosso, Il (1965)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
[ Daliah Lavi ][ Rosanna Schiaffino ]
Something's Got to Give (1962)
[ Marilyn Monroe ]
Five Golden Hours (1961)
1-2-3-4 ou Les Collants noirs (1960)
Party Girl (1958)
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
[ Jo Kennedy ]
Silk Stockings (1957)
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
[ Debbie Reynolds ][ Agnes Moorehead ][ Pier Angeli ][ Elaine Stewart ]
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Deep in My Heart (1954)
[ Merle Oberon ][ Lorraine Burnett ]
Brigadoon (1954)
[ Elaine Stewart ]
Easy to Love (1953)
[ Carroll Baker ][ Esther Williams ]
The Band Wagon (1953)
[ Julie Newmar ]
Sombrero (1953)
[ Yvonne De-Carlo ][ Pier Angeli ]
The Wild North (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
[ Debbie Reynolds ][ Rita Moreno ][ Joi Lansing ][ Elaine Stewart ]
Mark of the Renegade (1951)
Tension (1950)
East Side, West Side (1949)
[ Ava Gardener ][ Barbara Stanwyck ]
Words and Music (1948)
[ Judy Garland ][ Janet Leigh ]
The Kissing Bandit (1948)
On an Island with You (1948)
[ Esther Williams ]
The Unfinished Dance (1947)
[ Barbara Billingsley ]
Fiesta (1947)
[ Esther Williams ]
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
[ Judy Garland ][ Angela Lansbury ][ June Allyson ][ Esther Williams ]
Three Wise Fools (1946)
[ Barbara Billingsley ]
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Esther Williams ]
The Harvey Girls (1946)
[ Judy Garland ][ Angela Lansbury ]
This Love of Mine (1944)
Thousands Cheer (1943)
[ Donna Reed ]
Mission to Moscow (1943)
[ Eleonor Parker ]
Something to Shout About (1943)
  • She danced with the Ballet Russe using the names Maria Istomina and Felia Sidorova.
  • Took her name Cyd from a nickname originated from her brother. Initially he could not say sister and called her Sid. She took the nickname and convinced her agent to keep the name with the present spelling. He feared that Sid was too masculine.
  • Although one of the greatest female dancers in the history of the movie musical, her singing in films was almost always dubbed, most notably by Carol Richards in Brigadoon (1954) and a young Vikki Carr in The Silencers (1966).
  • Aunt, by marriage, of actress Nana Visitor.
  • Measurements: 34 1/2B-22-37 (in 1953), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Was "the other woman" in Marilyn Monroe's last and unfinished film, Something's Got to Give (1962).
  • In 1952 she had a -million insurance policy accepted on her legs.
  • In Call Her Mom (1972) (TV), she was originally to have done the part played by Gloria DeHaven, but was replaced by Ann Miller before DeHaven finally took over the role.
  • When casting the film Damn Yankees! (1958), the studio was initially interested in pursuing Cyd as Lola and Cary Grant as Applegate. In the end, Gwen Verdon won the right to recreate her stage role with Ray Walston the devilish Applegate. Cyd was supposedly unavailable but later played the role on the legit stage.
  • Lost out on two of MGM's biggest movie musical roles. She fell and injured her knee during a dance leap on a film which forced her out of the role of Nadina Hale in Easter Parade (1948). Ann Miller replaced her. She also had to relinquish the lead femme role in An American in Paris (1951) due to pregnancy. Leslie Caron took over the part and became a star.
  • Aunt, by marriage, of actor Ian Tucker.
  • Aunt, by marriage, of actress Zan Charisse.
  • Was offered the lead role of Jo Stockton in Funny Face (1957) but declined. The role was eventually played by Audrey Hepburn.
  • Two sons with her husband, Tony Martin: Tony Jr. and Nicky.
  • Daughter-in-law, Sheila Charisse, killed in the May 25, 1979 crash of American Airlines flight 191 shortly after takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

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