Cyd Charisse

Dancer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her two-hour Archive interview, Cyd Charisse (1922-2008) talks about her start as a dancer for the Ballet Russe. She describes in detail her 14-year tenure under contract at MGM studios, appearing as a dancer in such film classics as "Ziegfeld Follies," "Singin in the Rain," "The Band Wagon," and "Silk Stockings." Charisse describes the fertile training ground MGM offered for nurturing the talents they had under contract. She talks about her many television appearances including the specials Meet Cyd Charisse, Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall, and The Bob Hope Specials, as well as her multiple appearances with her husband, Tony Martin on the variety series The Hollywood Palace. Henry Colman conducted the interview on January 29, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.

"Those old movies go all over the world, all those MGM movies. People still look at them on television and I get so many letters about them."

Highlights
Cyd Charisse on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:07
Cyd Charisse on the craft of dancing on television
01:35
Cyd Charisse on appearing with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain"
02:02
Cyd Charisse on her television special Meet Cyd Charisse 
05:47
Cyd Charisse on how she'd like to be remembered 
00:23
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on auditioning for MGM and her first feature for MGM; on how she was treated as one of MGM's stars
11:42
On the difference between dancing on film and dancing on stage in the ballet; on various features she did for MGM and logistics of shooting her dance sequences; on being replaced in the feature "Easter Parade" and working with various behind-the-scenes people at MGM
15:12

Chapter 2

On her injury on the set of MGM; on her marriage to Tony Martin and how motherhood impacted her career; on appearing with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Bandwagon" with Fred Astaire
08:39
On working with director Vincent Minnelli; on working with Fred Astaire in the feature "Silk Stockings" and on acting in the feature "Party Girl"; on the first time she saw television and her early experience with television 
04:50
On leaving MGM and on her legacy at MGM; on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; on appearing on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
05:23
On appearing on MGM Parade, What's My Line?, and Person to Person; on her television special Meet Cyd Charisse 
08:42

Chapter 3

On guest-starring on Checkmate in the episode "Dance of Death" and on appearing in the unfinished Marilyn Monroe feature "Something's Gotta Give"; on appearing on The Kraft Music Hall; on appearing on various Bob Hope Specials
06:26
On the Cyd Charisse Special and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse; on the craft of dancing on television; on the changing styles of dance and music during her career
10:36
On appearing on The Hollywood Palace; on appearing on Bob Hope Specials; on guest-starring on various shows
08:40
On appearing on Gene Kelly's American in Pasadena special; on guest-starring on Fantasy Island

Chapter 4

On appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors to honor Donald O'Connor; on guest-starring on various shows; on appearing on Broadway in "Grand Hotel" and appearing in the feature "That's Entertainment III"
05:45
On doing a voiceover for Frasier; on keeping herself active and her career highlights and regrets; on dance styles on television and how the television audience has changed over the years  
03:45
On her fan mail and interactions with the public; on how she'd like to be remembered 
01:51
Shows

Bob Hope Specials

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on various Bob Hope Specials
00:58
Cyd Charisse on appearing on Bob Hope Specials
00:36

Center Stage: Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on the Cyd Charisse Special and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse
02:52

Checkmate

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Cyd Charisse on guest-starring on Checkmate on the episode "Dance of Death" and on appearing in the unfinished Marilyn Monroe feature "Something's Gotta Give"
03:17

Ed Sullivan Show, The aka Toast of the Town

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Cyd Charisse on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:07

Fantasy Island

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Cyd Charisse on guest-starring on Fantasy Island
01:19

Frasier

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Cyd Charisse on doing a voiceover for Frasier  
00:38

Hollywood Palace, The

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
00:53
Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Hollywood Palace 
04:59

Kennedy Center Honors

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors to honor Donald O'Connor
01:22

Kraft Music Hall, The

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kraft Music Hall
02:11

Meet Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on her television special Meet Cyd Charisse 
05:47

Person to Person

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Cyd Charisse on being interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on Person to Person
00:39

What's My Line?

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Cyd Charisse on appearing as a mystery guest on What's My Line?
01:19
Topics

Hollywood Blacklist

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Cyd Charisse on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:35

Industry Crossroads

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Cyd Charisse on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:35

Television Industry

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Cyd Charisse on the Hollywood Blacklist
00:35
Cyd Charisse on dance styles on television and how the television audience has changed over the years
01:12
Professions

Dancer/Choreographer

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Cyd Charisse on the craft of dancing on television
07:44

Performers

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Cyd Charisse on the craft of dancing on television
07:44
Genres

Comedy Series

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Cyd Charisse on doing a voiceover for Frasier  
00:38

Game Shows

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Cyd Charisse on appearing as a mystery guest on What's My Line?
01:19

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Cyd Charisse on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:07
Cyd Charisse on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
00:53
Cyd Charisse on the Cyd Charisse Special  and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse  and working with various choreographers including Tony Charmoli
02:52
Cyd Charisse on appearing on Gene Kelly's American in Pasadena  special 
01:18
Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors  to honor Donald O'Connor
01:22

News and Documentary

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Cyd Charisse on being interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on Person to Person
00:39
People

Fred Astaire

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Cyd Charisse on appearing in the feature "The Bandwagon" with Fred Astaire 
04:01
Cyd Charisse on working with Fred Astaire in the feature "Silk Stockings" and on acting in the feature "Party Girl"
02:12

Tony Charmoli

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Cyd Charisse on the Cyd Charisse Special  and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse  and working with various choreographers including Tony Charmoli
02:52

Bob Hope

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on various Bob Hope Specials
00:58

Gene Kelly

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Cyd Charisse on appearing with Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain"
02:02

Tony Martin

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Cyd Charisse on her marriage to Tony Martin and how motherhood impacted her career
01:32

Vincente Minnelli

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Cyd Charisse on working with director Vincente Minnelli 
00:47

Donald O'Connor

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Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors  to honor Donald O'Connor
01:22

Nick Vanoff

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Cyd Charisse on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
00:53

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