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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 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Singin' in the Rain
(1952)
The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon Gabrielle Gerard
(1953)
That's Entertainment! III
That's Entertainment! III Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
(1994)
Brigadoon
Brigadoon Fiona Campbell
(1954)

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 1978 Warlords of the Deep
Atsil
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
President's Girl 4
 1967 Maroc 7
Louise Henderson
 1966 The Silencers
Sarita
 1965 Assassination in Rome
Shelley North
 1962 Two Weeks in Another Town
Carlotta
 1961 Black Tights
The Widow
 1961 Five Golden Hours
Baroness Sandra
 1958 Party Girl
Vicki Gaye
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Maria Corvier
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Cyd Charisse
 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 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 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)
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Other Works:

Appeared on "The Perry Como Special". See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 22 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 18 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lily Norwood

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)
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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:

During a family vacation in Los Angeles when she was 12, her parents enrolled her in ballet classes at a school in Hollywood. One of her teachers was Nico Charisse. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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