Legs – A tribute to Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse

Legs – A tribute to Cyd Charisse. Biography, filmography, galleries of pictures and trivia about the woman with the most beautiful legs in the cinema history.

Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1922, in Amarillo, Texas. Hollywood’s greatest dancer of all times first studied classical dancing. She was in the Russian Ballet in Monte-Carlo and worked with David Lichine and Leonid Massine, using the names Felia Sidorova and Maria Istomina. She married her ex-dance teacher, Nico Charisse, in 1939. In 1943, David Lichine asked her to appear in her first movie ballet, in “Something to shout about”, in which she is credited as Lily Norwood. The same year, she played a Bolchoï dancer in “Mission to Moscow”, by Michael Curtiz. Choreographer Robert Alton and producer Arthur Freed hired her, to dance with Fred Astaire in “Ziegfeld Follies”, directed by Vincente Minnelli, and Cyd Charisse then signed a seven year deal with the MGM. “The Harvey Girls”, in 1945, by George Sidney and featuring Judy Garland, gave her the opportunity to show her talent as an actress.

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One Response to Legs – A tribute to Cyd Charisse

  1. I’m 43 and remember seeing june allyson at a very young age and really falling for her.
    The movie High Barberie was where I first saw her
    and I’ve kept her near my heart ever since.
    This gal Cyd Charisse was mentioned in June Allyson obituary on july 10-06 and I was just curious to see who she was.
    Thank you so much for this sight and allowing me too reflect on times past with someone I hailed near and dear to my heart.
    God Bless you.
    Rick

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