Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse was an American actress and dancer. Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Texas, 1922, Cyd had suffered polio as a child and started to learn ballet after recovery, encouraged by her father. She joined Ballet Russe at the age of fourteen, and later entered the world of Hollywood films. While Cyd is universally known for having perhaps the most celebrated set of legs in Hollywood history, it’s her body of work that includes many of the quintessential musical numbers ever filmed. One of her best is the “Broadway Melody Ballet” sequence with partner Gene Kelly in MGM’s 1952 classic “Singin’ In The Rain.” Her numerous big screen pairings with both Kelly and Astaire are now considered industry benchmarks. No matter who the partner, when Cyd is in front of the camera, she is the essence of strength and dignity. Fred Astaire described her as “beautiful dynamite” and her image remains timeless and genre defying

In 2000, Cyd was presented with the very first Nijinsky award from Princess Caroline in Monaco for her lifelong contributions to the world of dance, and in 2006, two years before her death, President George W. Bush presented her with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honour available in the arts in America.

 


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