One of the most beautiful and dynamic actresses in the history of Hollywood musicals Cyd Charisse was trained as a ballerina in Russian traditions.
At the age of six, she started ballet studying.
Her stage name at the beginning was Felia Sidorova.
Cyd got her first roles in the 1940s. Her character Lily in “Something to Shout About” was convincing and natural enough so she could further pursue her dream.
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Charisse showed amazing versatility, dealing with both comedies and dramas. The main feature of all her roles is their connection with dancing.
Her performances were amazing and she received the title “beautiful dynamite” from the co-star Fred Astaire.
Among her most successful roles, there are parts in “The Band Wagon”, “Mission to Moscow” and “That’s Entertainment! III”.
That was “Singin’ in the Rain” that made her a star.
Her partners on the set were Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. The actress could not compare such an impressive actors and said, “It’s like comparing apples and oranges – they’re both delicious.”
Cyd was a supporter of Christianity and practiced Methodism.
Nevertheless, her husband decided to bury her, due to his religious views, in a Jewish graveyard.
The beauty was straight. She was married to Nico Charisse for nine years and they welcomed a son Nicky.
Tony Martin was her spouse in 1947-2008. They brought up a boy Tony.
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Her life with Tony Martin is described in the memoir story “The Two of Us”.
She insured her legs for $5 million in 1952.
The actress died in 2008 as a result of heart attack complications.