50 Gorgeous Photos of Actress Cyd Charisse in the 1940s and 1950s

Born 1922 as Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, American dancer and actress Cyd Charisse was a sickly girl who started dancing lessons at six to build up her strength after a bout of polio.

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), Brigadoon with Gene Kelly and Van Johnson (1954) and Silk Stockings (1957).

Charisse stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut in Grand Hotel.

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.

Charisse was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006. She died in 2008 because of heart attack, aged 86.

One thought on “50 Gorgeous Photos of Actress Cyd Charisse in the 1940s and 1950s

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: