Cyd Charisse

Actress + Dancer
Born Mar 8, 1922

Cyd Charisse was an American actress and dancer. After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953) and Silk Stockings (1957).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Cyd Charisse.


1922 Birth Born on March 8, 1922.


1939 17 Years Old 1 More Event
During a European tour, she met up again with Nico Charisse, a handsome young dancer she had studied with for a time in Los Angeles. They married in Paris in 1939. … Read More


1946 24 Years Old In an early role, she had her first speaking part supporting Judy Garland in the 1946 film The Harvey Girls. … Read More
1948 26 Years Old In 1948, Charisse married singer Tony Martin. … Read More


1954 32 Years Old As Debbie Reynolds was not a trained dancer, Gene Kelly chose Charisse to partner with him in the celebrated "Broadway Melody" ballet finale from Singin' in the Rain (1952), and she co-starred with Kelly in 1954's Scottish-themed musical film Brigadoon. … Read More
1957 35 Years Old In 1957 she rejoined Astaire in the film version of Silk Stockings, a musical remake of 1939's Ninotchka, with Charisse taking over Greta Garbo's role. … Read More


1966 44 Years Old …  A striptease number by Charisse set to the movie's theme song opened the 1966 Dean Martin spy spoof, The Silencers, and she played a fashion magazine editor in the 1967 caper film Maroc 7. … Read More
1968 46 Years Old Charisse, like her husband Tony Martin, Sr., was a staunch Republican and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968. … Read More


1976 54 Years Old In 1976, Charisse and her husband Tony Martin wrote their joint memoirs with Dick Kleiner entitled The Two of Us (1976).
1979 57 Years Old Sheila Charisse, another daughter-in-law died in the American Airlines Flight 191 crash on May 25, 1979.


1990 68 Years Old In 1990, following similar moves by MGM colleagues Debbie Reynolds and Angela Lansbury, Charisse produced the exercise video Easy Energy Shape Up, targeted for active senior citizens.
1992 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut. … Read More
2001 79 Years Old She was featured in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records under "Most Valuable Legs", because a $5 million insurance policy was reportedly issued on her legs in 1952.
2006 84 Years Old 1 More Event
She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006. … Read More
2008 86 Years Old 1 More Event
Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2008, after suffering an apparent heart attack. … Read More
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