Birth Name: Cyd Charisse
Birth Place: Amarillo, Texas, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, TX on March 8, 1922, her screen name came from a nickname bestowed upon her by an older brother who could not pronounce "sis." Sickly from an early age after a bout with polio, she took dance lessons to regain her strength, and showed enough promise to warrant an audition with the Ballet Russes, which brought her talent to audiences both in the United States and in Europe. While in Europe, she was reunited with a young dancer she had trained with named Nico Charisse, and the couple wed in 1939. The outbreak of World War II sent her back to the United States, where she settled with her new husband in Los Angeles. While there, Ballet Russes star David Lich...
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