Wednesday, June 18, 2008

CYD CHARISSE (1922-2008)

I am very saddened by the death of one of my all-time favorite Hollywood actresses, Cyd Charisse. Of course Charisse was well known for her beauty (notably her famous legs) as well as her dancing. But she was also a great actress with memorable performances in classic films such as The Band Wagon, Party Girl, Brigadoon, and Silk Stockings. She also has a brief but unforgettable appearance in Singin’ in the Rain.

The Band Wagon is one of the greatest musicals in the history of Hollywood and I do not think it would be so without Cyd Charisse. That film remains one of my personal favorites, one that I revisit very often.

Charisse was one of the last living Goddesses of the Hollywood studio era and one of the most iconic figures in movie musicals… she will be missed!!!