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Passion for Dancing

Another passion of mine is writing about actors, actresses, and movies. This is about an actress who performed during the days of Old Hollywood when musicals were a big thing.

Cyd Charisse was part of the golden age of Hollywood and became a dancing partner with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. She danced in such wonderful MGM musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1952, “Brigadoon” in 1954 and “Silk Stockings” in 1957. Hollywood lost a great talent when Cyd Charisse died of a heart attack on June 17, 2008. She was 86 years old. As a child she began taking ballet lessons and as a teenager joined the famous Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In the ballet company, she was known as Maria Istomina or Felia Sidorova.

Cyd Charisse entered the world of films in the early 1940s with a part in “Something to Shout About” in 1943. She has another small role in “Ziegfield Follies” in which she danced with Fred Astaire. At this time she took her stage name. Her big break came in 1952 when she got a part in the Gene Kelly musical “Singin’ in the Rain”. Her first leading role was in “The Band Wagon” in 1953 with Fred Astaire. Then came the musical “Brigadoon” which was set in Scotland in 1954. She also appeared in such dramas as “Party Girl” in 1958 and “Two Weeks in Another Town” in 1962. The last film Cyd Charisse appeared in was an Italian film titled “Private Screenings” in 1989. Her final stage appearance was in the leading role of an aging ballerina on Broadway in “Grand Hotel” in 1992.

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