Sunday, June 17, 2012

Post 44- Cyd Charisse

4 years ago we lost an amazing dancer and actress and that person is Cyd Charisse. Cyd was born on March 8th,1922. Her birth name was Tula Ellice Finklea but her nickname was sid after her little sister trying to call her sis but instead calling her sid. It was later changed to Cyd for her stage name. She was from  Amarillo, Texas. She had polio as a child and after overcoming it, to get her strength back she was put into ballet lessons. She did ballet all of her ealy life and studied ballet with people like  Adolph Bolm and Bronislava Nijinska. For her career she was an actress and a dancer.She always loved to dance but not so much act  but back then most dancer were shorter and she was tall so she couldn't make her living being a dancer,but that didn't stop her from being known! She worked several times with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. She played the lead role in the movie The Band Wagon and played the lead female role alongside Gene Kelly in the musical It's Always Fair Weather . She was also in Singing in the Rain, my all time favorite, and Brigadoon.She loved Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly a lot and was always inspired by them so to work with them was an amazing thing for her.She was such wonderful and brilliant dancer and actress.She inspires me to be a dancer but also to be an actress. I go more for dancing and singing than I do acting, but with the way she acts while dancing shes just amazing and inspiring.She also inspires me to push through what ever sickness or pain I'm going through because ,remember, she overcame polio at the age of seven. That must have been hard to have polio, but then to overcome and live to be 86 is awesome! Cyd Charisse has lived a long life and died in 2008. Now she's with Gene and Fred in heaven having a cocktail. We will miss all three of them,But we will never forget Cyd in The Bandwagon! She will not be forgotten!Todays quotes will be in the remembrance of Cyd Charisse.
(On explaining 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."- Cyd Charisse

"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."- Cyd Charisse

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