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Updated on October 26, 2012

A Tribute to Cyd Charisse

Who will ever forget the image of a lovely lass dancing in "the heather on the hill"? Brigadoon was always one of my favorite movies, with the beautiful dresses, moving songs (I always sang along!), and the message that love can conquer anything...even a curse upon an entire village!

Cyd Charisse, actress-dancer, died June 16, 2008 in Los Angeles at age 86. This is a tribute to that beautiful lady!

When I heard the news, I waited and waited (and waited some more) for "Entertainment Tonight" to put on a tribute..."Cyd Charrise, Dancing Legend" or "the woman who inspired generations of little girls to dance"... but nothing, not a single mention. Instead we got 3-4 days of Tim Russert (yes, that is a shame too), Matthew McCaughney without his shirt (like that's news!), who's cheating, who's divorcing, Jamie Lynn giving birth, and 2 days of speculation on the state of Madonna's marriage.

I guess the passing of a woman starred in so many excellent movie musicals, who kept her private life private, who was married to one man, Tony Martin, for 60 years and who was the very definition of CLASS ACT wasn't interesting enough for an "entertainment" program to report on...and isn't that a sad commentary on what the industry has become?

I believe that a great many share my admiration for Ms. Charisse and will truly miss her, so I have pulled together some photos, videos and a bit of her biography in the hope that it will help us all to remember her. Cyd was the best female dancer to ever grace the big screen. Her grace, beauty and talent will live on in her films.

You've just found where she dances in cyberspace. Come in and share some of Cyd's legendary Hollywood magic.

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The Star: Beautiful, talented, Cyd Charisse

The Star: Beautiful, talented, Cyd Charisse
The Star: Beautiful, talented, Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas in 1921. Her father was a ballet enthusiast and arranged for Cyd to have lessons. Immediately her gift for dancing became apparent and, when Cyd was fourteen, she was sent to a special dance school in Hollywood. Very soon she was invited to tour with The Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo. Cyd continued to receive dance instruction from Nico Charisse whom she married while still in her teens. Together they ran a ballet school and obtained some work in movie shorts. Hollywood began to be aware of her.

In 1943, working under the name Lily Norwood, Cyd appeared in both "Something To Shout About" and "Mission To Moscow," a film that Jack Warner later allegedly, during the McCarthy period, wished he had never made. In the 1940s the premier studio for musicals was MGM, and they wanted Cyd for a balletic dance sequence in "The Ziegfield Follies." MGM gave Cyd a contract and the name "Cyd Charisse."

Legs

Cyd Charisse was a long-legged Texas beauty who danced with the Ballet Russe as a teenager and starred in MGM musicals with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She also appeared in dramatic films, but her fame came from Technicolor musicals of the l940s and l950s

Cyd Charisse, a gorgeous face, a perfect figure, a huge talent like actress Betty Grable, was known for her .... LEGS! She was elegant, beautiful and breathtaking.

Somewhere in Central Park tonight, a dark corner is crying.

Photo: 'Tiptoeing Thru The ....!'

by Will Borden may be purchased at: Will Borden - Fine Art America

Cyd Charisse in a stunning performance.

This is a MUST WATCH!

Movie: The Band Wagon - Cyd Charisse & Fred Astaire

Biography for Cyd Charisse

Getting to know Cyd Charisse

Date of Birth

8 March 1921, Amarillo, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Tula Ellice Finklea

Mini Biography

~ Cyd Charisse was born to be a dancer. She spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at 13.

~ In 1939 she married Nico Charise, her ex-dance teacher.

~ In 1943 she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About (1943), billed as Lily Norwood.

~ She played a Russian dancer in Mission to Moscow (1943), directed by Michael Curtiz.

~ In 1945 she was hired to dance with Fred Astaire in Ziegfeld Follies (1946), and that uncredited appearance got her a seven-year contract with MGM.

~ She appeared in a number of musicals over the next few years, but it was Singin' in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly that made her a star.

~ A great performance in The Band Wagon (1953).

~ As the 1960s dawned, musicals faded from the screen, as did her career. She made appearances on television and performed in a nightclub revue with her second husband, singer Tony Martin.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana

Non-Dancing Movie - Beautiful!

Clips from East Side West Side:

Movie: Meet Me in Las Vegas - Cyd Charisse dancing with John Brascia

Cyd dances to 'Frankie and Johnny' sung by Sammy Davis Junior, in the film 'Meet me in Las Vegas', (1956) Choreographed by Eugene Loring.

Video by: Jim Beattie

Films Got

and ... Not

~ Was "the other woman" in Marilyn Monroe's last and unfinished film,

~ Something's Got to Give (1962).

~ In 1952 she had a $5-million insurance policy accepted on her legs.

~ In Call Her Mom (1972) (TV), she was originally to have done the part played by Gloria DeHaven, but was replaced by Ann Miller before DeHaven finally took over the role.

~ When casting the film Damn Yankees! (1958), the studio was initially interested in pursuing Cyd as Lola and Cary Grant as Applegate. In the end, Gwen Verdon won the right to recreate her stage role with Ray Walston the devilish Applegate. Cyd was unavailable but later played the role on the legit stage.

~ Lost out on two of MGM's biggest movie musical roles. She fell and injured her knee during a dance leap on a film which forced her out of the role of Nadina Hale in Easter Parade (1948). Ann Miller replaced her.

~ She had to relinquish the lead femme role in An American in Paris (1951) due to pregnancy. Leslie Caron took over the part and became a star.

Was offered the lead role of Jo Stockton in Funny Face (1957) but declined. The role was eventually played by Audrey Hepburn.

Gene Kelly Tribute - Featuring Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse - Trivia

~ She danced with the Ballet Russe using the names Maria Istomina and Felia Sidorova.

~ Took her name Cyd from a nickname originated from her brother. Initially he could not say sister and called her Sid. She took the nickname and convinced her agent to keep the name with the present spelling. He feared that Sid was too masculine.

~ Although one of the greatest female dancers in the history of the movie musical, her singing in films was almost always dubbed, most notably by Carol Richards in Brigadoon (1954) and a young Vikki Carr in The Silencers(1966).

Spouses:

Nico Charisse - 12 August 1939 - 1947 (divorced) - 1 child (Nicholas)

Tony Martin - 15 May 1948 - 1 child (Tony Martin Jr.)

Aunt, by marriage, of actress Nana Visitor.

Aunt, by marriage, of actor Ian Tucker.

Aunt, by marriage, of actress Zan Charisse

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Movie - Brigadoon - Come To Me, Bend To Me

Cyd Charisse can do everything. Beautiful, dances like a dream, talented actress and has great LEGS. What more could one ask for!

Tribute to Cyd Charisse - Dancing with Gene Kelly

The Silencers - Cyd Cherisse a hot dancer

Cyde Chaisse has a dance sequence in this movie and then ...

Movie - That's Entertainment - Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire

Cyd Charisse dances with Fred Astaire in this Classic Film Montage.

Movie - Addiction - Cyd Charisse with Ricardo Montalban

Video by: varadero1839

Movie - Addiction - Cyd Charisse & Ricardo Montalban

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly may have been better dancers, but Ricardo Montalban was definitely Cyd Charisse's best dance partner. He was just gorgeous. They were both just gorgeous!

Blue Mercedes - Featuring Cyd Charisse

Song: I Want to Be Your Property

Note: Cyd was 60 years old when she danced this. WOW!

Cyd - Pin-up Girl

Cyd - Pin-up Girl
Cyd - Pin-up Girl

Cyd Charisse - Archive Interview

Cyd was one of the most beautiful ladies of all time. She could dance like an angel. Even when she got older, she still looked beautiful, still had a good figure, and those legs!!!! ZZ Topp had Cyd in mind when they wrote the song, "Legs" Lucky for us, we can still watch her movies!

This is the only part of the interview left on YouTube. It is interesting to listen to and shows the kind of classy lady Cyd Charisse was.

Movie - The Band Wagon - Cyd Charisse with Fred Astaire - My Favorite

It was a hard choice to make but, I think that this is my favorite. See what you think.

What Cyd had to say about her dancing partners.

And other things.

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly I can watch Astaire anytime. I don't think he ever made a wrong move. He was a perfectionist. He would work on a few bars for hours until it was just the way he wanted it. Gene was the same way. They both wanted perfection, even though they were completely different personalities.

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly Fred could never do the lifts Gene did and never wanted to. I'd say they were the two greatest dancing personalities who were ever on the screen. Each has a distinctive style. Each is a joy to work with. But it's like comparing apples and oranges. They're both delicious.

Why she never tapped on-screen I was pulled up as a ballet dancer and I wasn't used to pounding the floor with bent knees.

The censors were always there when I was on the set. When I was held up in a lift in Deep in My Heart they were up on ladders to see if I was properly covered.

Fred moved like glass Physically it was easy to dance with him. It was not as demanding on me. I didn't need the same vitality and strength.

Fred Allen Tribute Episode - Cyd Charisse on TV - What's My Line

This is part three of four of the Fred Allen's tribute episode. Here, Cy Charisse is the mystery guest. Episode originally aired on 18 March 1956

I'm sure I saw this one. I watched it at my girlfriend's home. We didn't have TV yet. I was thrilled to see Cyd Charisse. She was 'some pretty lady'!!

Awarded the American National Medal - A Winner!

Cyd Charisse was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2006 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. for her services to dance.

Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse

A Movie Legend - Cyd Charisse - I have saved my favorite until last

A farewell tribute to one of Hollywood's most talented performers.

If you have no time for anything else ... please watch this video ... it is just beautiful ... the music AND Cyd Charisse!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      She was a joy--the most beautiful and graceful dancer I ever saw, and her legs were the all-time best. With all that, she was as gracious a lady as she was a talented dancer.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had a chance to watch her recently and she is fabulous.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @LornsA178: Thank you Lorna! I will be to visit you soon.

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      She is an excellent dancer and a very beautiful woman. What a great lens!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Hannah Writes: Yes, she was amazing! Thank you for visiting!

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thank you for visiting. I really enjoyed Gene Kelly in Dancing in the Rain too. They were good together.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SteveKaye: I love her dancing. Fred Astaire was the perfect partner for her.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      I was a dancer as a child and I loved watching her in movies. Oh, those legs!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Ever since I first saw Singing in the Rain, I have been a huge fan of Cyd Charisse. She is a stunning woman in so many ways. Great tribute to one of the best.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Amazing videos. She seems to float as she moves.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Very entertaining fan lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      She and Fred Astaire were like magic together. Great tribute to Cyd Charisse!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Tonto Murray: I totally agree! She really could dance and that was a good movie that showed off her expertise. Thank you for blessing this lens!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @KayeSI: Gene Kelly really did bring out some different moves for Cyd Chariesse. It was a movie I watched with my parents also. Fond memories!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @indigoj: So true!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rankography: Yes, she was great in The Band Wagon too!

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      Tonto Murray 5 years ago

      I loved her in The Band Wagon. Possibly the best dancing every in a musical. Blessings.

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      What a lovely tribute. My senior parents and I all enjoyed watching her perform in several different musicals including

      A fave - singing in the rain. Thank you for your lovely post full of sweet family memories for me!

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      She was lovely in every way, a true talent and a Hollywood legend.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love her Legs...!

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Loved her in The Band Wagon. For my money, that this best dancing in a musical -- bar none. Also liked her in Brigadoon, although that was a slow movie overall.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      She was a wonderful dancer and a classy lady.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @dahlia369: Thank you, daria, for blessing this lens. Your a darlin'.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @flicker lm: Thank you for visiting. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the lens.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens about a beautiful girl! :)

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, lovely and talented lady. I especially liked the video "Poetry In Motion".

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi. I appreciate your visit, comment and blessing. I'm coming to see you now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cyd Charisse was a talented lady and brought much enjoyment into this world, that will continue on. Lovely tribute, blessed!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Art-Aspirations: I agree. Anything with Fred and Cyd was beautiful. Thank you for your visit.

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      Art-Aspirations 5 years ago

      She was a wonderful dancer and a gorgeous woman. Thanks for putting this collection together. My favourite will always be the hard-boiled detective vignette in The Band Wagon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Richardryder: Wonderful! Thank you very much!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      I've put in a link to your lens on mine for greatest movies - I hope that's OK

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @katiecolette: Thank you kindly!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute! Thumbs up :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Why, thank you, Collette. I love dancing and I really admired her dancing. I was never fortunate enough to see her perform live but I have the movie and I can watch it whenever I desire. I guess that is a bonus. I will be visiting your lenses shortly.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @MariaMontgomery: I'm sure that was a treat to behold! I would have loved to have been there. The movie was beautiful too though and probably covered more of the story than a production.??

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you, raphaelo. I'm always happy to see that you have visited my lens. I'll be visiting you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you, raphaelo. I'm always happy to see that you have visited my lens. I'll be visiting you soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Laraine another one of your really beautiful lenses, so well set out really interesting and a great tribute to Cyd Charisse.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I didn't see the movie, but I saw Brigadoon in live performance at Birmingham, AL's Summerfest several years ago.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cyd Charisse is one of most beautiful lady of the world. You make me do fall in love with this wonderful Cyd tribute of you. So happy to be here. Have a wonderful time.. always.. my dear friend :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SandyPeaks: The band wagon was definitely a great movie. I'm partial to Cyd though so anything she acted in was a favorite.

      Thanks for coming and visiting. I'll be to see you some day soon.

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      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

      Cyd was certainly a very fine dancer - 'The Band Wagon' is my personal favorite.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kougar lm: Thank you for viewing this lens "likeing" it and leaving a comment. I will be visiting your lenses very soon.

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      kougar lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful tribute lens for Cyd Charisse. Great information. Thanks

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @CruiseReady: I imagine the stage version was fantastic! You can probably still rent the film. It is very beautiful.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      WEll - you have made me want to see the film version of Brigadoon. I have only ever seen the stage version (several times, in fact.)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you for visiting this lens, Joie. You'd never know about she was bending her knees for her shorter partners when you watch the movies, but I know that she must have as she was quite tall. At first she had to convince Fred Astaire that she could acturally do this and not look awkward. Imagine what we would have missed if he had been unconvinced!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I grew up watching Miss Charisse - fascinated by her grace and beauty, and her ability to do such incredible dancing with bent legs so as not to appear too tall compared to her dancing partners. (I'm a huge fan of Gene and Fred, too!)

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OrganicMom247: She was one of my favorites.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      She sure could dance, couldn't she? And a Beauty at that too.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ChrisDay LM: Thank you, Chris.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @BFunivcom: Thanks for the visit, Alan. Now I'm off to see what you've been writing.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      A truly great tribute to a real legend.

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      Allan R. Wallace 6 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      What a lovely lens. (and it has legs)

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'm still tied up looking after ill family but will be visiting my Squidoo friends lenses as soon as possible. I appreciate your friendly comments and thumbs up. (The favorites and blessings also, of course.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to an American icon! Cyd Charisse was always so beautiful in her movements, a very elegant and pin-up-able lady of our times! Excellent!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Silk Stockings: great film anyway, she's excellent in it.

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      chrisqw 6 years ago

      Thanks for a really interesting and entertaining lens. I never tire of the great dancers of the Golden Age. And Cyd was certainly a great dancer.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Sami .. thanks for your comments and I'm sure your's will be nice soon. As a matter of fact I'm coming now to have a look at your lenses.

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago

      Hi;

      Very Beautiful lens someday I hope mine will be as nice as your rated 5*

      Sami

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Sandra .. thank you. I've just got back from viewing you 'Smile' lens. Love the photos of the little one. [in reply to blue22d]

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Laraine, This is just wonderful. I've enjoyed the videos and stories and such nice color and arrangement that you have put together. Five stars and a favorite.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for the visit. I'm a great fan of yours. [in reply to GramaBarb]

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Your lenses are always a pleasure to visit! This one is just wonderful.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for your visit and comment. I enjoyed your Yellow Kitchen lens. Beautiful! [in reply to Sojourn]

      Thank you for dropping and reading this lens. I am so happy that you enjoyed it. [in reply to 24websurf]

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you Kim for the blessing and adding this lens to Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings. You are an angel!

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino]

      Yes, she had great legs. Thanks for the 5*s. [in reply to swisstoons]

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 8 years ago from Michigan

      She was flawless from head to toe. Absolutely mesmermizing. I get slackjawed looking at those legs. Great lens!

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      She was even graceful simply saying "yes" on What's My Line. She was stunning. I remember the first time I saw a Fred Astaire movie with my mom and asked her who the dancers were. She described Cyd Charisse to me and I was fascinated. She made dancing look so simple. Very nice tribute.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Wow! What an informative lens. I knew absolutely nothing about her before now! I truly enjoyed my time here! Thank you! 5*s

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you, spirituality for the blessing. Thank you all my other dear friends for your kind comments. If I haven't been to visit your lenses yet, I will be there shortly. Thanks again.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      Einselgaenger 8 years ago

      What a gorgeous tribute! So moving. I absolutely adored Cyd Charisse, and can still sing all the songs from Brigadoon. (-: Now that I've been reminded about the movie, I'm going to see if I can order the DVD. (-:

      Donna

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, very informative and well done.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      GumboWriters123 8 years ago

      Nice Videos

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      JeffRiveraAuthor 8 years ago

      A terrific lens- well done

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      [in reply to Spirituality] Thank you.

      [in reply to Christinna Garret Martin] You'll love Brigadoon.

      [in reply to adventuresinautism] I love 'Singing in the Rain' too - Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse - what a team!

      [in reply to Will] Thanks for your support.

      [in reply Clairejr] I hope you enjoy Cyd Charisse from now on.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, very informative and well done. Thanks for taking the time to do such a good job. I'm not a great Cyd Charisse fan, but your lens has made me want to see more of her videos.

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      WillBorden 8 years ago

      A terrific lens- well done for sure! Five stars!!

      Sincerely,

      Will Borden

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      adventuresinaut 8 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to Cyd Charisse. I loved watching her dance too. I know every woman in America wanted to have legs like hers. One of my favorite scenes with her is from Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly. It's the Gotta Dance number and she plays the vixen. I remember that green flapper outfit. I was a little girl the first time I saw it and I thought she was so pretty.

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 8 years ago

      Must be something about Texans! Jerry Hall has long legs too :) An excellent lens, and I must try to watch Brigadoon to see her myself.

      Christianna

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Lovely tribute!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      She was an amazing talented lady with even more amazing LEGS! Great lens.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I looked at a number of clips with her and Fred and noticed she seemed to always have flats when dancing with him. I wondered if it was because she was quite tall? Great profile as usual.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have been looking at all of your lenses - this one is very colorful and her life is very well documented. The YouTubes were great to watch! I hope that you write more like this one. Definitely worth 5 stars.

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      JenniferAkers LM 9 years ago

      A beautiful dancer, and you've done a great job highlighting her talent! 5*!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A great portrait of a great Texan. 5*s

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      SherryHolderHunt 9 years ago

      Beautiful tribute to her, another excellent lens!

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      Wonderful showcase, she had amazing grace and talent!