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Cyd Charisse (Tula Ellice Finklea)

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Biography

Amarillo, Texas, USA
Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About (1943), billed as Lily Norwood. The same year, she played a Russian dancer in Mission to Moscow (1943), directed by Michael Curtiz. Read more...

Actor

Character: Galina Ulanova - Ballerina

Mission to Moscow 1943

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Character: Deborah Andrews

The Harvey Girls 1946

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Character: Mlle. Ariane Bouchet

The Unfinished Dance 1947

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Character: Rosa Senta

East Side, West Side 1949

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Character: Girl in blue swimsuit - Cameo appearance

Easy to Love 1953

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Character: Lola de Torrano

Sombrero 1953

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Character: Specialty in 'The Desert Song'

Deep in My Heart 1954

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Character: Maria Corvier

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956

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Character: Ninotchka Yoschenko

Silk Stockings 1957

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Character: Bianca Russell Arden

Something's Got to Give 1962

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Character: Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'

That's Entertainment! 1974

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Character: Herself / On Camera Host

Satin and Silk 2003

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Character: Yvonne Torro

On an Island with You 1948

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Character: Janine Caree

Checkmate 1960

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Character: Barbara Carlisle

Crazy Like a Fox 1984

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