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CYD CHARISSE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Cyd Charisse was born on March 8th, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas with the birth name Tula Ellice Finklea, born to Ernest Enos and Lela Norwood Finklea.  As a young girl she studied ballet and by the age of thirteen she joined the Ballet Russe. 

She then began working as a dancer in a number of small films taking un-credited roles such as in, "Escort Girl" (1941).  Her first credited film debut was in 1943 on, "Something to Shout About".  Soon she was adding such credits to her resume as, "Mission to Moscow" (1943), "Ziegfeld Follies" (1945), "Fiesta" (1947), "On an Island with You" (1948) and her most famous role came in 1952 dancing with Gene Kelly in the musical, "Singin' In the Rain" and co-starring Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds
 
Now with Hollywood really taking notice of her talent, she continued holding on to her level of stardom appearing in such films as, "The Band Wagon" (1953), "It's Always Fair Weather" (1956), "Silk Stockings" (1957) and "Party Girl" (1958).  

As film roles began to slow down, she turned her focus towards a number of television appearances such as on the television series, "Murder, She Wrote", "The Fall Guy", "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Medical Center", "Glitter" and "Frasier".  She would also perform live with her husband in a couple nightclubs and in 1992, she appeared on Broadway at the age of seventy years old making her debut in a production of, "Grand Hotel". 
 
She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  Then in 2002, Cyd was also inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame and in 2006, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.   
 
Cyd Charisse married twice throughout her lifetime, first to Nico Charise, who was her ex dance instructor.  They married in 1939 and had one child together before the marriage came to an end in 1947.  She then married actor and singer Tony Martin in 1948 and they also had one child and remained together until she passed away on June 17th, 2008 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from complications from a heart attack.  Her remains are interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.   

 
Filmography

2008   Empire State Building Murders 

1995   Frasier

1995   Burke's Law 

1989   Swimsuit 

1986   Crazy Like a Fox 

1985   Murder, She Wrote 

1984   Glitter 

1984   The Fall Guy 

1978-1983  Fantasy Island 

1980   Portrait of an Escort 

1979   The Love Boat

1978   Hawaii Five-O

1978   Warlords of the Deep

1976   Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood

1975   Medical Center 

1972   Fol-de-Rol 

1967   Maroc 7 

1966   The Silencers 

1965   Assassination in Rome

1962   Two Weeks in Another Town

1962   Something's Got to Give

1961   Black Tights

1961   Checkmate

1961   Five Golden Hours

1958   Party Girl

1958   Twilight for the Gods

1957   Silk Stockings

1956   Meet Me in Las Vegas

1955   It's Always Fair Weather 

1954   Deep in My Heart 

1954   Brigadoon 

1953   Easy to Love

1953   The Band Wagon 

1953   Sombrero

1952   Singin' in the Rain 

1952   The Wild North 

1951   Mark of the Renegade 

1949   East Side, West Side

1949   Tension 

1948   Words and Music

1948   The Kissing Bandit 

1948   On an Island with You 

1947   The Unfinished Dance 

1947   Fiesta 

1946   Till the Clouds Roll By 

1946   Three Wise Fools

1946   The Harvey Girls

1945   Ziegfeld Follies 

1944   This Love of Mine 

1943   Thousands Cheer

1943   Mission to Moscow

1943   Something to Shout About

1941   Escort Girl

1941   The Gay Parisian





Matinee Classics - 2 Weeks in Another Town starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Claire Trevor, James Gregory, George Macready, Erich von Storheim and Leslie Uggams
Matinee Classics - 2 Weeks in Another Town starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse and Claire Trevor
Matinee Classics -  2 Weeks in Another Town starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Claire Trevor, James Gregory, George Macready, Erich von Storheim and Leslie Uggams
Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Jean Hagen, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - Two Weeks in Another Town starring Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, George Hamilton, Claire Trevor and Cyd Charisse
Matinee Classics - Black Tights starring Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier and Moira Shearer
Matinee Classics - Meet Me in Las Vegas starring Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Lili Darvas, Jim Backus, Oskar Karlweis, Liliane Montevecchi, Cara Williams, George Chakiris, Betty Lynn, Pete Rugolo, John Brascia, John Harding, Benny Rubin and Jack Daly
Matinee Classics - On an Island With You starring Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban, Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charisse, Leon Ames, Kathryn Beaumont and Dick Simmons
Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno
Matinee Classics - Singin' in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Douglas Fowley and Rita Moreno


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