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.