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Cyd Charisse is a Actor American born on 8 march 1921 at Amarillo (USA)

Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse
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Birth name Tula Ellice Finklea
Nationality USA
Birth 8 march 1921 at Amarillo (USA)
Death 16 june 2008 (at 87 years) at Los Angeles (USA)
Awards National Medal of Arts

Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1921 – June 17, 2008) was an American actress and dancer.

After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953) and Silk Stockings (1957). She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, and in 1992 made her Broadway debut. In her later years, she discussed the history of the Hollywood musical in documentaries, and was featured in That's Entertainment! III in 1994. She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006.


Charisse's first husband, whose surname she kept, was Nico Charisse (March 1906 – April 1970); they were married from 1939 and had a son, Nico "Nicky" Charisse, before divorcing in 1947. In 1948, Charisse married singer Tony Martin. They had a son, Tony Martin, Jr. (August 28, 1950 - April 10, 2011), and remained married until her death.

Her daughter-in-law is actress and model Liv Lindeland, married to Tony Martin, Jr. until his death in 2011. Sheila Charisse, another daughter-in-law died in the American Airlines Flight 191 tragedy on May 25, 1979.

Charisse, like her husband Tony Martin, Sr., was a staunch Republican and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1968.

Charisse was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church.

She was the aunt of the actress Nana Visitor.

Best films

Fiesta (1947)

Usually with

Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(11 films)
Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(17 films)
Arthur Freed
Arthur Freed
(10 films)
Helen Rose
Helen Rose
(12 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Cyd Charisse (45 films)

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Empire State Building Murders
Actors Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rooney, Kirk Douglas, Cyd Charisse, Richard Erdman, Anne Jeffreys
Roles Vicky Adams
Rating63% 3.18783.18783.18783.18783.1878
William Karel rend hommage au cinéma américain et plus particulièrement au film noir en inventant une nouvelle fiction à partir des films emblématiques du Cinéma noir américain. Des acteurs mythiques de l'âge d'or hollywoodien, tels Kirk Douglas, Mickey Rooney ou Ben Gazzara, grâce à leur participation bienveillante au nouveau scénario, redonnent vie au New York des années 30 et 40, sur fond de prohibition, de mafia et de guerre des gangs.
That's Entertainment! III, 1h53
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Gene Kelly, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Esther Williams
Roles Self - Co-Host / Narrator
Rating74% 3.738783.738783.738783.738783.73878
Troisième volet de "Il était une fois Hollywood", "That's Entertainment III" nous propose un nouveau panorama de l'age d'or de la MGM mais aussi des chutes rarissimes, des séquences coupées lors de la sortie des films et des essais d'autres stars que celles qui furent finalement choisies.
Warlords of Atlantis, 1h36
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Doug McClure, John Gilmore, Shane Rimmer, John Ratzenberger, Michael Gothard, Daniel Massey
Roles Atsil
Rating55% 2.755872.755872.755872.755872.75587
Around the beginning of the 20th century, British archaeologist Professor Aitken and his son, Charles, have chartered a ship called the Texas Rose to take them out to sea, where they plan to dive underwater in a diving bell designed by engineer Greg Collinson. Although everyone aboard the ship, including Greg, thinks that the Professors Aitken are just going to look at fish, Charles and his father are secretly searching for proof of the existence of the lost city of Atlantis. He and Greg find it on their first dive, and then some. First, they are attacked by a reptilian sea monster, which comes through the bottom of the diving bell, but Greg is able to fend it off by sticking a live wire into its mouth, electrocuting it.
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Rintintin (acteur canin), Teri Garr, Art Carney, Phil Silvers
Roles President's Girl 4
Rating48% 2.409012.409012.409012.409012.40901
En 1924, Estie Del Ruth se rend à Hollywood dans l'espoir de devenir une grande actrice. Sur son chemin, elle rencontre un chien du nom de Won Ton Ton (Rintintin) qui se met à la suivre. Une fois à destination, Won Ton Ton séduit tout le monde et devient une star à la place d'Estie.
That's Entertainment!, 2h15
Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli
Roles (archive footage)
Rating77% 3.894893.894893.894893.894893.89489
Cette nostalgique leçon d'histoire recèle les trésors cachés des plus grandes comédies musicales de la MGM ainsi que de nombreux autres extraits merveilleux mais moins célèbres, avec Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Eleanor Powell et même Clark Gable chantant et dansant. « Il était une fois Hollywood » est une véritable gourmandise pour cinéphiles et amateurs de comédies musicales.
Maroc 7
Maroc 7 (1967)

Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Gene Barry, Elsa Martinelli, Leslie Phillips, Cyd Charisse, Denholm Elliott, Alexandra Stewart
Roles Louise Henderson
Rating51% 2.5743752.5743752.5743752.5743752.574375
Louise Henderson is the editor of a respected fashion magazine, but she has a hidden career as mastermind of a ring of thieves. With their professional operation as a front, Louise uses one of her models, Claudia, and a photographer, Raymond Lowe, to steal precious artifacts and jewels.
The Silencers, 1h42
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy, Musical, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Victor Buono, Daliah Lavi, James Gregory, Robert Webber
Roles Sarita
Rating59% 2.95132.95132.95132.95132.9513
Once a photographer by day, spy by night, Matt Helm is now a happily retired secret agent, shooting photos of glamorous models instead of guns and enjoying a close relationship with his assistant, the lovely Lovey Kravezit. But then his old boss, Macdonald, coaxes him back to the agency ICE to thwart a new threat from the villainous organization Big O.
Two Weeks in Another Town, 1h47
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about films
Actors Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton, Tony Randall, Claire Trevor
Roles Carlotta
Rating63% 3.195143.195143.195143.195143.19514
Once an established movie star, Jack Andrus has hit rock bottom. An alcoholic, he has been divorced by wife Carlotta, has barely survived a car crash and has spent three years in a sanitarium recovering from a nervous breakdown.
Something's Got to Give, 37minutes
Directed by George Cukor, Jean Negulesco
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films, Films about marriage
Actors Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse, Phil Silvers, John McGiver, Tom Tryon
Roles Bianca Russell Arden
Rating65% 3.2679053.2679053.2679053.2679053.267905
Ellen Arden (Monroe), a photographer and mother of two small children, has been declared legally dead, having been lost at sea in the Pacific. Her husband Nick (Dean Martin) has remarried; he and his new wife, Bianca (Cyd Charisse), are on their honeymoon when Ellen, rescued from an island where she has been stranded for five years, returns home. The family dog remembers her, but the children do not. However, they take a liking to her, and invite her to stay. Ellen assumes a foreign accent and pretends to be a woman named Ingrid Tic. Nick, flustered by the revelation that he's now married to two women, makes great effort to keep the truth from his new wife all the while trying to quash her amorous advances. Upon learning that Ellen was marooned on the island with a man, Stephen Burkett (Tom Tryon) — whom she knew as "Adam" to her "Eve" — he becomes jealous and suspicious of her fidelity. To calm his fears, Ellen enlists a meek shoe salesman (Wally Cox) to impersonate her island companion.
Black Tights, 2h20
Directed by Terence Young
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Maurice Chevalier
Roles The Widow
Rating59% 2.956612.956612.956612.956612.95661
Four stories are performed in the form of ballet: The Diamond Cruncher, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Merry Mourning and Carmen.
Five Golden Hours, 1h30
Directed by Mario Zampi
Genres Comedy
Actors Cyd Charisse, Ernie Kovacs, George Sanders, Kay Hammond, Dennis Price, Clelia Matania
Roles Baroness Sandra
Rating56% 2.808822.808822.808822.808822.80882
Aldo Bondi (Kovacs) is a professional pallbearer and mourner in Rome who lives well off the extravagant gifts given to him by the rich widows he comforts. When he falls for the supposedly penniless Baroness Sandra (Charisse) – who is actually a rich "black widow" whose husbands all die – he concocts a Ponzi scheme to bilk three widows by taking money from them, telling them that he will invest it during the "five golden hours" between the closing of the stock exchange in Rome, and the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. However, the Baroness absconds with the cash, leaving Bondi in hock to the widows. He attempts to kill them, but the scheme fails and he pretends to have gone insane. In the sanatarium, his roommate is another debtor feigning madness, Mr. Bing (Sanders).