“Cyd Charisse, the long-legged beauty who danced with the Ballet Russe as a teenager and starred in MGM musicals with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, died Tuesday. She was 86.
“She appeared in dramatic films, but her fame came from the Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s...
“Her height was 5 feet, 6 inches, but in high heels and full-length stockings, she seemed serenely tall, and she moved with extraordinary grace. Her flawless beauty and jet-black hair contributed to an aura of perfection that Astaire described in his 1959 memoir, 'Steps in Time,' as 'beautiful dynamite.'
“'Her beauty was breathtaking,' Debbie Reynolds, who starred with Charisse in the 1952 classic 'Singin' in the Rain,' said in a statement. 'The world will miss her dancing.'”
-- “Cyd Charisse dies in LA at 86”
PLUS: From Singin' in the Rain, the unforgettable “Broadway Melody” sequence with Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly. (Trivia: “When [producer Arthur] Freed was dissatisfied with another dancer who had been cast, Charisse inherited the role and danced with Kelly in the 'Broadway Melody' number that climaxed the movie. She stunned critics and audiences with her 25-foot Chinese silk scarf that floated in the air with the aid of a wind machine [second video].”)