Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse

Highest Rated: 100% Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)

Lowest Rated: 20% Words and Music (1948)

Birthday: Mar 8, 1922

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, USA

Born Tula Ellice Finklea, Cyd Charisse was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1922. She suffered from polio as a young girl and took up dancing as part of her recovery. As a teenager, she was sent to California for professional dance training and landed in the touring troupe of the Ballet Russe Monte Carlo, where she met her first husband, Nico Charisse. After a couple of anonymous background dancing roles, Charisse appeared earned her first credit in "Something to Talk About" (1943) using the name Lily Norwood. She landed a contract at MGM and producer Arthur Freed changed her name to Cyd Charisse for her appearance in "Zeigfeld Follies" (1945), directed by Vincente Minelli. Freed cast Charisse again in "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), this time in a single dance scene with Gene Kelly, but it was enough to make her the leading lady in her next film, "The Band Wagon" (1953) with Fred Astaire, again produced by Freed and directed by Minelli. She proved to be a reliable lead in musical/dance films like "Brigadoon" (1954) and "Silk Stockings" (1957), until the late 1950s, which saw a decline in the popularity of the genre. With dancing on the wane, Charisse began to take more dramatic roles. Starting with "Party Girl" (1958), she began to escape the dance genre, and for the next decade appeared in supporting roles in films like "Assassination in Rome" (1965) and "The Silencers" (1966), as well as guest roles on shows like "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984) and "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS, 1984-1996). Charisse continued appearing on screen through the 1980s. She passed away in 2008.

Highest rated movies

Silk Stockings
The Band Wagon
Singin' in the Rain
Till the Clouds Roll By
The Harvey Girls
Two Weeks in Another Town
Rock Hudson's Home Movies
It's Always Fair Weather




100% 82% That's Entertainment! III Self $150.8K 1994
88% 40% Rock Hudson's Home Movies Charlotte King (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swimsuit Mrs. Allison (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort Sheilah Croft (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 43% Warlords of Atlantis Atsil (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maroc 7 Louise Henderson (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Sarita (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assassination in Rome Shelley North (Character) - 1965
89% 64% Two Weeks in Another Town Carlotta (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 60% Five Golden Hours Baroness Sandra (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 80% Black Tights The Widow (Character) - 1960
83% 57% Party Girl Vicki Gaye (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight for the Gods Charlotte King (Character) - 1958
100% 68% Silk Stockings Ninotchka "Nina" Yoschenko (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 66% Meet Me in Las Vegas Maria Corvier (Character) - 1956
88% 74% It's Always Fair Weather Jackie Leighton (Character) - 1955
86% 71% Brigadoon Fiona Campbell (Character) - 1954
100% 82% The Band Wagon Gabrielle Gerard (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sombrero Lola de Torrano (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 40% The Wild North Indian girl (Character) - 1952
100% 95% Singin' in the Rain Dancer (Character) $23.9K 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Renegade Manuella de Vasquez (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 64% Tension Mary Chanler (Character) - 1949
43% 73% East Side, West Side Rosa Senta (Character) - 1949
20% 61% Words and Music Margo Grant (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 33% The Kissing Bandit Dancer (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 45% On an Island With You Yvonne Torro (Character) - 1948
67% 29% The Unfinished Dance Mlle. Ariane Bouchet (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 43% Fiesta Conchita (Character) - 1947
67% 59% Ziegfeld Follies Dance Specialty (Character) - 1946
100% 48% Till the Clouds Roll By Dance Specialty in "Roberta" (Character) - 1946
100% 82% The Harvey Girls Deborah (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Wise Fools Rena Fairchild (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gay Parisian Unknown (Character) - 1941


95% 94% Frasier Polly (Guest Voice) 1995
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Amanda Richardson (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959