Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse

Born

3/8/1921, Amarillo, TX

Died

6/18/2008

Birth Name

Tula Ellice Finklea

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Lily Norwood
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Cyd Charisse was an American actress who trained as a dancer. She was born Tulla Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Cyd was a polio survivor. Having learned ballet in early childhood, she became a member of Ballet Russe by age 13. When she turned…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Cyd dated Howard Hughes in 1947.

    • Cyd turned down the role of Jo Stockton in Funny Face (1957), which then went to actress Audrey Hepburn, who went on to star with Cyd's prior screen partner Fred Astaire.

    • Cyd's first and middle name were taken from the names of her aunt, Tula, and her uncle, Ellis.

    • Cyd never did her singing parts, often having singer India Adams do her singing voice.

    • Cyd has been married to singer Tony Martin since 1948, one of the longest marriages in Hollywood history.

    • Cyd appeared at six Academy Awards ceremonies, four times as an award presenter and twice as a special performer.

    • Cyd appeared with Cab Calloway in the music video for Janet Jackson's Alright in 1990.

    • Cyd released her own exercise video in 1990, Cyd Charisse: Easy Energy Shape-Up.

    • Cyd was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Silk Stockings (1957).

    • Cyd has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1601 Vine Street.

    • Cyd was presented with the very first Nijinsky award from Princess Caroline in Monoco for her lifelong contributions to the world of dance, on December 15, 2000.

    • Cyd's daughter-in-law is Liv Lindeland, who was Playboy Magazine's Playmate of the Month in January 1971 and featured as Playmate of the Year for 1971 in the January 1972 issue.

    • Cyd's legs were insured in 1952 for $5 million and listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records starting in 2001, as "The Most Valuable Legs" -- insured for more than famous pin-up model Betty Grable at the time the policy was written.

    • Cyd was presented with the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities, the highest official U.S. honor available in the arts, on November 9, 2006, by President Bush.

    • Cyd is the aunt by marriage of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Nana Visitor.

    • Cyd filmed scenes and was to appear opposite Marilyn Monroe in Something's Got To Give (1962) but the film was never finished due to Monroe's death.

    • Cyd got her stage name from her brother, who nicknamed her "Sid" -- she changed it to give it a more feminine sound.

    • Cyd was inducted into the Texas Hall Of Fame on March 8, 2002.

  • Quotes

    • (when asked which one she preferred to fance on-screen with, Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly)
      Cyd Charisse: It's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious.

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