Cyd Charisse (1922–2008)


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Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1922, 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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Silk Stockings Ninotchka Yoschenko
(1957)
Meet Me in Las Vegas Maria Corvier
(1956)
It's Always Fair Weather Jackie Leighton
(1955)
The Band Wagon Gabrielle Gerard
(1953)

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
 1990 Janet Jackson: Alright (Video short)
Cyd Charisse
 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)
Ethel Woodley
- In Tennis, Love Means Nothing (1984) ... Ethel Woodley
 1984 Sentimental Journey (TV Movie)
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Diana
- The Huntress (1984) ... Diana
 1978-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Julie Mars / Queen Delphia
- Roarke's Sacrifice/The Butler's Affair (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
 1966 The Silencers
Sarita
 1965 Assassination in Rome
Shelley North
 1962 Something's Got to Give (Short)
Bianca Arden
 1962 Two Weeks in Another Town
Carlotta
 1961 Black Tights
The Wife
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Janine Caree
- Dance of Death (1961) ... Janine Caree
 1961 Five Golden Hours
Baroness Sandra
 1958 Party Girl
Vicki Gaye
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
Charlotte King
 1957 Silk Stockings
Ninotchka Yoschenko
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Maria Corvier
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Jackie Leighton
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Performer in 'The Desert Song'
 1954 Brigadoon
Fiona Campbell
 1953 Easy to Love
Girl in Blue Swimsuit (uncredited)
 1953 The Band Wagon
Gabrielle Gerard
 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 Words and Music
Margo Grant
 1948 The Kissing Bandit
Fiesta Specialty 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 The Gay Parisian (Short)
Dancer (uncredited)
 1941 Escort Girl
Flamenco Dancer (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared on "the Bob Hope Show". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 22 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 18 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lily Norwood

Height:

5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Spouse:

Tony Martin  (her death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Charisse, Nicholas | See more »

Parents:

Finklea Jr., Ernest Enos | Finklea, Lela Norwood

Relatives:

Nana Visitor (niece or nephew) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The censors were always there when I was on the set. When I was held up, in a lift [in Deep in My Heart (1954)], they were up on ladders to see if I was properly covered. See more »

Trivia:

Although she is interred in a niche at Hillside Memorial Park, a well-known Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles, Charrise was in fact a practicing Methodist. Her funeral was even presided over by Dr. Gary Allen Dicky, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. See more »

Nickname:

Maria Istomena See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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