Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cyd Charisse, 1922-2008

Charisse dancing with Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain

The death has been announced of actress and dancer Cyd Charisse. She was 86. Charisse's Hollywood dancing career started in the early 1940s playing smaller roles, but it must have been clear to the executives at MGM just how much talent she had, as she got bigger parts, eventually dancing what to me is her most memorable role, that of the woman in the fantasy sequence "Gotta Dance" who seduces Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.

TCM have not yet announced any schedule changes to honor Charisse, as far as I am aware.

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