Dancer Cyd Charisse Dies at 86

Famed dance star Cyd Charisse has passed away at the age of 86 after an apparent heart attack. Charisse was a Hollywood legend who starred in countless classic musicals, films and television series beginning in the 1940s. RIP.

Movie dancer Cyd Charisse – whose elegant legwork wooed Fred Astaire in such classic ’50s musicals as The Bandwagon and Silk Stockings and Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain and Brigadoon – died early Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack, says her rep. She was 86.

The resident MGM ballet dancer at the height of Hollywood’s golden era of musicals had danced in the Ballet Russes before landing at the studio – though for all the glamour she exuded, Charisse, who was adored by her coworkers, was often referred to by her real name, Tula Finklea, from Amarillo Texas.

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