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Cyd Charisse (1921–2008)


Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About (1943), billed as Lily Norwood... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2008 Empire State Building Murders (TV Movie)
Vicky Adams
 1995 Frasier (TV Series)
Polly
- The Adventures of Bad Boy and Dirty Girl (1995) ... Polly (voice)
 1995 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Amanda Richardson
- Who Killed the Highest Bidder? (1995) ... Amanda Richardson
 1989 Swimsuit (TV Movie)
Mrs. Allison
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
Barbara Carlisle
- Hyde-And-Seek (1986) ... Barbara Carlisle
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Myrna Montclair LeRoy
- Widow, Weep for Me (1985) ... Myrna Montclair LeRoy
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984)
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Diana
- The Huntress (1984) ... Diana
 1978-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Julie Mars / Queen Delphia
- The Butler's Affair/Roarke's Sacrifice (1983) ... Julie Mars
 1980 Portrait of an Escort (TV Movie)
Sheilah Croft
 1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Eve Mills
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Alicia Warren
- Death Mask (1978) ... Alicia Warren
 1978 Warlords of the Deep
Atsil
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
President's Girl 4
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Valerie
- No Way Home (1975) ... Valerie
 1972 Fol-de-Rol (TV Movie)
Various Characters
 1967 Maroc 7
Louise Henderson
 1965 Assassination in Rome
Shelley North
 1962 Two Weeks in Another Town
Carlotta
 1961 Black Tights
The Widow
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Janine Caree
- Dance of Death (1961) ... Janine Caree
 1961 Five Golden Hours
Baroness Sandra
 1958 Party Girl
Vicki Gaye
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Maria Corvier
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Specialty in 'The Desert Song'
 1953 Easy to Love
Girl in blue swimsuit - Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1953 Sombrero
Lola de Torrano
 1952 Singin' in the Rain
Dancer
 1952 The Wild North
Indian Girl
 1951 The Mark of the Renegade
Manuella de Vasquez
 1949 East Side, West Side
Rosa Senta
 1949 Tension
Mary Chanler
 1948 The Kissing Bandit
Dancer
 1948 On an Island with You
Yvonne Torro
 1947 The Unfinished Dance
Mlle. Ariane Bouchet
 1947 Fiesta
Conchita
 1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
Dance Specialty (segment 'Roberta')
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Rena Fairchild
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Deborah Andrews
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Ballerina ('Beauty')
 1944 This Love of Mine (Short)
Dancer (uncredited)
 1944 In Our Time
Ballerina (uncredited)
 1943 Thousands Cheer
Dancer in Don Loper Number (uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Galina Ulanova - Ballerina (uncredited)
 1943 Something to Shout About
Lily (as Lily Norwood)
 1941 Escort Girl
Flamenco Dancer (uncredited)
 1941 The Gay Parisian (Short)
Dancer (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

"Huntress, The", as Diana 'Duffy' See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 21 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 18 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lily Norwood

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly] I can watch Astaire anytime. I don't think he ever made a wrong move. He was a perfectionist. He would work on a few bars for hours until it was just the way he wanted it. Gene was the same way. They both wanted perfection, even though they were completely different personalities. See more »

Trivia:

Met first husband Nico Charisse, as a very young dancer. She had studied with him for a time in Los Angeles. They married in Paris in 1939 when she was still a teenager. When the Ballet Russe disbanded after World War II broke out, the still newlyweds moved to Hollywood. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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