Cyd Charisse
Actress, dancer
Cyd Charisse
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).
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<i>Singin' in the Rain</i> at SF Symphony
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's one thing for an orchestra to accompany a silent film. It is something else all together for an orchestra to accompany a sound film, let alone a musical. The level of expectation, as well as the technical and performance challenges faced by musicians accompanying a movie whose original score has been stripped from its soundtrack, are considerable to say the least. That's the challenge the San Francisco Symphony will face on December 6 and 7, when the world renown orchestra accompanies the classic musical, Singin' in the Rain. The 1952 film, one of most beloved movies of all time, is widely considered the greatest musical ever made. In fact, the film has appeared in numerous top ten lists of the greatest films in history -- all genres aside. In 1989, Singin' in the Rain was among the first 25 films chosen for the then newly established National Film Registry, honoring motion pictures deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress. ...
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'Moments That Made the Movies,' by David Thomson
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Citing the "Dancing in the Dark" sequence from "The Band Wagon" (1953), where initially wary hoofer Fred Astaire circles around warier ballerina Cyd Charisse before arriving at a detente, Thomson notes, "As an auteur, Fred had a very simple code: that dance could solve everything." Thomson's seemingly offhand observation about a sequence in "A History of Violence" (2005) where Viggo Mortenson, as a diner owner with a past, goes back to settle accounts with his mobster brother, William Hurt, takes on Dostoyevskian resonance. Does this conflict really correspond with life, or is fraternity a way of dramatizing the gulf between good and evil, comedy and drama, in all of us? With a film editor's keen sense of varying frame and camera angle, Thomson cuts from Muybridge's medium shot of these full bodies to a close-up of the transfixed face of Renée Falconetti in Carl Theodor Dreyer's "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928). For Thomson, the film is about two different kinds of passion, "the ...
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News: Top Moments: True Blood's Big Reveal, Barbara Walters Has the Hots for Elisabeth Hasselbeck?!
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
[...] when Betty White reunites with her Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner on her prank show Off Their Rockers, they poke fun at the downfalls of online dating. [...] smarting from that blow, she loses control at Amanda's party when a girl hits her with an ice cube. Big Brother finally airs Aaryn, GinaMarie and Spencer's racist and homophobic comments that have cost the former two their jobs and earned a reprimand from his employer for the latter. While it's good for the broadcast audience to see how the houseguests really act on the 24/7 live feeds, these comments, which were made on June 28, ought to be have been included in any of last week's three episodes. The girls of Pretty Little Liars have been in trouble plenty, but Hanna digs herself - literally - into a giant hole. After discovering the murder weapon that killed Det. Wilden, Hanna, despite a warning from her friends, decides to bury it. [...] A" is always one step ahead and tips off the police, who catch Hanna ...
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Tony Sachs: RIP Tony Martin, The Last Link To The Pre-Sinatra Era Of Crooners
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I've seen a lot of obituaries for Tony Martin, and they all hit the obvious marks -- dozens of hit singles from the '30s into the rock n' roll era; actor in countless classic musical films; married for 60 years to the legendary Cyd Charisse; and of course the amazing length of his career, which spanned from the 1920s to well into the 21st century. But nobody seems to have mentioned what I found so amazing when I saw him perform in 2007 and '08 at Feinstein's in New York City. Unlike virtually every other singer of the Great American Songbook working today, Tony Martin's vocal style wasn't at all influenced by Frank Sinatra. And with good reason -- he was the last surviving singer of the pre-Sinatra era. In this day and age, close to 75 years removed from Sinatra's emergence and almost 15 since his death, it's almost impossible to imagine that anything came before him. But Tony Martin was a contemporary of the crooners who came of age in the '20s and '30s, such as Bing ...
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Liz Smith: Princess Diana's Legacy Lives On
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"I'D LIKE to see myself as a queen of people's hearts, but I don't see myself as being queen of this country." So said Diana, Princess of Wales in 1995, during her infamous BBC interview with Martin Bashir. This was a brilliantly choreographed PR stunt, which effectively ended any chance Diana might have had to become the Queen of England. She was dead two years later, victim of a horrific car crash in a Paris tunnel. On the 31st of this month is the 15th anniversary of her passing. (Talking to Martin Bashir is tricky business. Michael Jackson's final descent began after Bashir's interview with the pop star.) It seems like only yesterday we were stunned, sitting mouths agape as news of Diana's death dominated every hour, every second of the news. Cable outlets were still fairly new, and it was wall-to-wall. But even the three primetime networks abandoned all programming. I was out for the evening--away for the weekend in fact--the night Diana died. Reporters could not r ...
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute: Beginning of Summer
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch - over 4 years
School's out, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute is celebrating the summer with 25 summer classics, which kicked off Tuesday evening with a screening of Die Hard and will wrap up August 29 with Casablanca. In between, there are plenty of other much-loved films that will be on the big screen. Also coming in the next few weeks are showings of opera and ballet performances, and a sing-along. Public Relations Manager Devin Wachs tells us what to expect: The Dark Crystal (11:30 p.m. Friday, June 15) BMFI's Late Show series continues on Friday with this Jim Henson film. During the summer, the cult-classic series features 1980s Hollywood oddities. In this 1982 movie, two Gelflings search for a missing shard of the titular great, dark crystal, in order to restore their world. Aida (1 p.m. Monday, June 18) This opera is being simulcast from a live performance at the Opera Festival St. Margarethen in Austria on Europe's largest natural stage. Ernst Marzendorfer conducts the Verdi opera. ...
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TV Q&A: Sasha Alexander bounces from one hit to another - Sun-Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Q My husband and I were big fans of Cyd Charisse, who has passed away. What can you tell us about her husband, Tony Martin? -- MD, Sunrise A Martin, who will turn 98 on Christmas Day, was married to Charisse for 60 years, which must be close to a
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Roast Is For Charlie Sheen's Own Good - Wonderwall
Google News - over 5 years
#FridayNight 1:27 am, Aug 20 via Twitter hollymadison: @tarapalsha watching Cyd Charisse in Singin In The Rain . . . Reminds me of you! 12:38 am, Aug 20 via Twitter JessicaSimpson: In response to @donald_faison &quot;uh uh O, uh uh OOO&quot; He put a ring on it!
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MGM Musicals Come To BFI Southbank - 4RFV
Google News - over 5 years
From composers such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, choreographers and actors including Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire to the greatest musical singing and dancing stars including Judy Garland, Ann Miller and Cyd Charisse - they will all
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Q&A: David Coffee - TheaterJones Performing Arts News in North Texas
Google News - over 5 years
Cyd Charisse, Betty Buckley, Sandy Duncan, Ruta Lee, Cathy Rigby. I never thought I&#39;d be one. ◊ You can also read Mark Lowry&#39;s feature story on Coffee in the Friday, Aug. 12 issue of The Dallas Voice, which is a TheaterJones media partner
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chance to win Singin' in the Rain tickets - RTE.ie
Google News - over 5 years
How could you not celebrate a movie which features the great Gene Kelly delivering the performance of his life, whether performing the famous title track (one of the most iconic sequences in musical history) or being seduced by Cyd Charisse and her
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6 Fun Fitness Facts with Dancing With The Stars' Kym Johnson - Shape Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Johnson was inspired to become a professional dancer from watching old MGM musicals with the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. “I have been dancing since I was three and I can&#39;t imagine my life without dance,” says Johnson
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Locarno honours master of Hollywood musicals - swissinfo.ch
Google News - over 5 years
He made a name for himself with musical comedies including An American in Paris and The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dancing to the acclaimed song Dancing in the Dark. Perhaps Minnelli&#39;s contribution to the history of film-making
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Wetpaint Entertainment Salutes Birthday Boy Nigel Lythgoe! - Wetpaint
Google News - over 5 years
Starting out as a dancer and transitioning into the world of choreography, he&#39;s worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. Yet, he sites his choreographic fame to his experience with The Muppets. 3
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dvd review: Back To The 1950s - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cyd Charisse is a classical ballet dancer whose troupe is playing Sin City for the first time. The two opposites attract, especially when Dailey finds that the beautiful ballerina is his good-luck charm. The songs are unmemorable and so are most of the
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'Toddlers and Tiaras,' finale of 'The Voice' on tap tonight - New Philadelphia Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
When Tommy falls for beautiful villager Fiona Campbell (Cyd Charisse), he must decide whether to stay or to return to his life. Be warned: Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse are dancers. She could not sing. So, what was a lovely show for singers was turned
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This weekend: 'True Blood' raises pulses; 'Leverage' returns; Fox News studies ... - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
***TCM will present two of the greatest movie musicals back to back on Sunday: “Singin&#39; in the Rain” starts at 8 pm “The Band Wagon” follows at 10 pm Cyd Charisse is spectacular in both. What a dancer, what a woman!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cyd Charisse
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 85
    Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2008, after suffering an apparent heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details She died the following day at age 86. She was a practicing Methodist, and due to her husband's religion she was buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery in Culver City, California, following a Methodist ceremony.
  • 2006
    Age 83
    On November 9, 2006, in a private White House ceremony, President George W. Bush presented Cyd Charisse with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honor available in the arts.
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    She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of Lela (née Norwood) and Ernest Enos Finklea, Sr., who was a jeweler. Her nickname "Sid" was taken from her younger brother, Thomas Jarrell Finklea (June 25, 1923), who tried to say "Sis". (It was later given the more intriguing and exotic spelling of "Cyd" by Arthur Freed.) She was a sickly girl who started dancing lessons at six to build up her strength after a bout of polio. At 12, she studied ballet in Los Angeles with Adolph Bolm and Bronislava Nijinska, and at 14, she auditioned for and subsequently danced in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as "Felia Siderova" and, later, "Maria Istomina".
  • 2001
    Age 78
    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.
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  • 1992
    Age 69
    She made her Broadway debut in 1992 in the musical version of Grand Hotel as the aging ballerina, Elizaveta Grushinskaya.
    More Details Hide Details In her eighties, Charisse made occasional public appearances and appeared frequently in documentaries spotlighting the golden age of Hollywood.
    She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut.
    More Details Hide Details In her later years, she discussed the history of the Hollywood musical in documentaries, and was featured in That's Entertainment! III in 1994.
  • 1990
    Age 67
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 56
    Sheila Charisse, another daughter-in-law died in the American Airlines Flight 191 crash on May 25, 1979.
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  • 1976
    Age 53
    In 1976, Charisse and her husband Tony Martin wrote their joint memoirs with Dick Kleiner entitled The Two of Us (1976).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 45
    Charisse, like her husband Tony Martin, Sr., was a staunch Republican and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details She was the aunt of the actress Nana Visitor.
  • 1966
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She frequently performed dance numbers on TV variety series such as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dean Martin Show, with seven appearances on The Hollywood Palace, a show she also hosted three times. She played Atsil, an Atlantean high priestess, in the 1978 fantasy film Warlords of Atlantis, and her last film appearance was in 1994 in That's Entertainment! III as one of the onscreen narrators of a tribute to the great MGM musical films. She also made cameo appearances in Blue Mercedes's "I Want to Be Your Property" (1987) and Janet Jackson's "Alright" (1990) music videos.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Astaire paid tribute to Charisse in his autobiography, calling her "beautiful dynamite" and writing: "That Cyd! When you've danced with her you stay danced with." In her autobiography, Charisse reflected on her experience with Astaire and Kelly: "As one of the handful of girls who worked with both of those dance geniuses, I think I can give an honest comparison. In my opinion, Kelly is the more inventive choreographer of the two. Astaire, with Hermes Pan's help, creates fabulous numbers – for himself and his partner. But Kelly can create an entire number for somebody else... I think, however, that Astaire's coordination is better than Kelly's... his sense of rhythm is uncanny. Kelly, on the other hand, is the stronger of the two. When he lifts you, he lifts you!... To sum it up, I'd say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on screen. But it's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious."
  • 1954
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She again took the lead female role (alongside Kelly) in his MGM musical It's Always Fair Weather (1956).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 25
    In 1948, Charisse married singer Tony Martin.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son, Tony Martin, Jr. (August 28, 1950 – April 10, 2011), and remained married until her death. Her daughter-in-law is actress and model Liv Lindeland, married to Tony Martin, Jr. until his death in 2011.
  • 1946
    Age 23
    In an early role, she had her first speaking part supporting Judy Garland in the 1946 film The Harvey Girls.
    More Details Hide Details Charisse was principally celebrated for her onscreen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She first appeared with Astaire in a brief routine in Ziegfeld Follies (produced in 1944 and released in 1946). Her next appearance with him was as the lead female role in The Band Wagon (1953), where she danced with Astaire in the acclaimed "Dancing in the Dark" (it was one of her most memorable dance numbers) and "Girl Hunt Ballet" routines. Critic Pauline Kael said that "when the bespangled Charisse wraps her phenomenal legs around Astaire, she can be forgiven everything, even her three minutes of 'classical' ballet and the fact that she reads her lines as if she learned them phonetically.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 16
    Charisse's first husband, whose surname she kept, was Nico Charisse (March 1906 – April 1970); they were married in 1939 and had a son, Nico "Nicky" Charisse, before divorcing in 1947.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had a son, Nicky, born in 1942. The outbreak of World War II led to the breakup of the company, and when Charisse returned to Los Angeles, David Lichine offered her a dancing role in Gregory Ratoff's Something to Shout About. This brought her to the attention of choreographer Robert Alton – who had also discovered Gene Kelly – and soon she joined the Freed Unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where she became the resident MGM ballet dancer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on March 8, 1922.
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