News: Cyd Charisse

Friday 20 June 2008

- died recently at the age of 87. Famous for dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and her legs which were insured for $10million, she started her dancing career at the age of 13 with the Ballet Russes

“She wears pink, hot pink, and the dances are outrageous, dramatic and sexual challenges that suddenly lift Party Girl from nowhere to screen history. They are the most daring things she ever did, and the moments at which she was most completely engaged in a film. So don’t bother with any obituary that forgets Party Girl.” Read more in the Guardian, 19 Jun 08

“The daughter of a jeweller, she was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, in 1921. She studied ballet from the age of six, and at 13 she joined the Ballet Russe.” Read more in the Independent, 19 Jun 08

“Her classical ballet training distinguished her from the other MGM danseuses of the 1940s and 1950s. It lent her a touch of class, even when playing ladies of easy virtue in the ballet sequences from Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and The Band Wagon.” Read more in the Telegraph, 19 Jun 08

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