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In pictures: Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse, who has died at the age of 86, found fame in the musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.

Cyd Charisse, with dance director Gene Loring, rehearses for her starring role in the film Mark Of The Renegade

She began her career dancing with the Ballet Russe as a teenager, but moved into Hollywood films in 1943 after performing a ballet sequence in the musical Something to Shout About.

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire

Charisse danced with Fred Astaire in several films, including Band Wagon in 1953.

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire

Astaire later described Charisse in an interview as "beautiful dynamite". He said: "When we were dancing, we didn't know what time it was."

Gene Kelly dancing with Cyd Charisse in the musical Singin' In The Rain

One of Charisse's most famous appearances was in Singin' In The Rain with Gene Kelly.

Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly in Brigadoon

Charisse also got to play Kelly's leading lady in Vincente Minnelli's fantasy musical Brigadoon.

Cyd Charisse and Italian-born actor Vittorio Gassman in Sombrero

Her other film roles included Sombrero (pictured), Mark of the Renegade, Meet Me in Las Vegas, and Silk Stockings.

Cyd Charisse

At the height of her fame film company MGM said her long legs were insured for a million dollars. But Charisse later revealed that had been an invention of the company's publicity machine.

Cyd Charisse with Tony Martin

Charisse married singer Tony Martin in 1948, and they had one son, Tony Martin Jnr.

Cyd Charisse

After the decline of the Hollywood musical in the late 1950s, Charisse retired from dancing but continued to appear in film and TV programmes until the 1990s.

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