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Also Known As: Died: June 17, 2008
Born: March 8, 1922 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas Profession: Cast ...
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Moved to Hollywood in her early teens
1935:
Toured the U.S. with Ballet Russe's corp de ballet
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Toured Europe with the Ballet Russe in the late 1930s
1943:
Offered dancing roles in Gregory Ratoff's "Something to Shout About" and "Mission to Moscow"
1944:
Signed to MGM contract
1945:
Danced (unbilled) in a ballet around Fred Astaire in "Ziegfeld Follies"
1946:
Film acting debut in "The Harvey Girls"
1948:
Offered second lead role in "Easter Parade"; broke leg and role went to Ann Miller
1949:
First dramatic film role in "East Side, West Side"
1951:
Lost lead role opposite Gene Kelly in "An American in Paris" because of pregnancy
1951:
Played first romantic lead opposite Ricardo Montalban in "Mark of the Renegade"
1952:
Achieved star status as Gene Kelly's dance partner in the climactic 'Broadway Melody' number of "Singin' in the Rain"
1953:
First female lead, opposite Fred Astaire, in the musical "The Band Wagon"
1957:
Played last starring role, opposite Fred Astaire, in the musical "Silk Stockings"
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Continued for several years thereafter in non-musicals which sometimes included a dance number or two
1959:
Hosted the TV variety special, "Meet Cyd Charisse"
1963:
Made her nightclub debut with husband Tony Martin
1967:
Starred in two TV concert performance specials, "The Cyd Charisse Special" and "Center Stage: Cyd Charisse"
1976:
Published dual autobiography with Tony Martin, <i>The Two of Us</i>
1991:
Made Broadway debut as a replacement for Liliane Montevecchi in the musical, "Grand Hotel"
1994:
Co-hosted the documentary, "That's Entertainment III," a salute to MGM musicals from the late 1920s through the 50s

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