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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Deceased
17 June 2008
home town
Amarillo
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Oscars Night Preview: Sharing Memories Of First Grown-up Films
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It is Academy Awards time Sunday night, so naturally my non-Trump thoughts are focused on the silver screen. This year’s host will be Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t have high expectations he will exceed or even match past enjoyment of seeing Billy Crystal emcee the gala event, but to be totally honest, I am probably too conservative, or should I say traditional, in my taste of comedic genius on Oscars night as I grew up watching Bob Hope host countless Oscars telecasts. I was disheartened when he lost his emcee spot back in 1969. I’ve gotten over it. Though I see more flicks nowadays while sitting on the couch in our den I still enjoy the experience of going to the movies. Which brings me to the following question: Do you remember the first films you saw in a movie theater? I don’t mean kiddie cartoons or even Disney full-length features, which in my case would be animated classics like Bambi, Fantasia and Lady and the Tramp. I mean the first grown-up movies you saw in a movie house, n...
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<i>Singin' in the Rain</i> at SF Symphony
Huffington Post - about 4 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 4 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, "th...
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News: Top Moments: True Blood's Big Reveal, Barbara Walters Has the Hots for Elisabeth Hasselbeck?!
Seattle Pi - over 4 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 Hann...
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Tony Sachs: RIP Tony Martin, The Last Link To The Pre-Sinatra Era Of Crooners
Huffington Post - over 5 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 5 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 ...
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Bryn Mawr Film Institute: Beginning of Summer
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch - over 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 1992
    Age 69
    She made her Broadway debut in 1992 in the musical version of Grand Hotel as the aging ballerina, Elizaveta Grushinskaya.
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    She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut.
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  • 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 56
    Sheila Charisse, another daughter-in-law died in the American Airlines Flight 191 crash on May 25, 1979.
  • 1976
    Age 53
    In 1976, Charisse and her husband Tony Martin wrote their joint memoirs with Dick Kleiner entitled The Two of Us (1976).
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 45
    Charisse, like her husband Tony Martin, Sr., was a staunch Republican and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 25
    In 1948, Charisse married singer Tony Martin.
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  • 1946
    Age 23
    In an early role, she had her first speaking part supporting Judy Garland in the 1946 film The Harvey Girls.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on March 8, 1922.
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