Thursday, June 19, 2008

THE HAT SQUAD: CYD CHARISSE

Cyd Charisse was one of the last icons from the glory days of the movies, especially those of the movie musicals. She passed away the other day at the age of 86.

She was best known for the movies "Singin' In The Rain", "The Band Wagon", "Brigadoon", and "Silk Stockings", dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. But she made her mark in Toobworld as well, in dramatic roles that for the most part never suggested her past as a dancer.
Here are the characters she created to inhabit the TV Universe:

TV MOVIES
Swimsuit (1989) (TV) .... Mrs. Allison
Sentimental Journey (1984) (TV)
[Ms. Charisse may have cameoed as herself in this inside-showbiz weeper....]

Portrait of an Escort (1980) (TV) .... Sheilah Croft

TV GUEST APPEARANCES
"Crazy Like a Fox"
- Hyde-And-Seek (1986)

"Murder, She Wrote" - Myrna Montclair LeRoy
- Widow, Weep for Me (1985)

"Glitter"
- In Tennis, Love Means Nothing (1984)

"The Fall Guy" .... Diana
- The Huntress (1984)

"Fantasy Island" .... Julie Mars /Queen Delphia
- The Butler's Affair/Roarke's Sacrifice (1983)
- The Island of Lost Women/The Flight of Great Yellow Bird (1978)

"The Love Boat" .... Eve Mills
- Super Mom/I'll See You Again/April's Return (1979)

"Hawaii Five-O" .... Alicia Warren
- Death Mask (1978)

"Medical Center" .... Valerie
- No Way Home (1975)

"Checkmate" .... Janine Caree
- Dance of Death (1961)

And that's the Inner Toob tip of the fedora to the legendary Cyd Charisse. Red Skelton as always said it best: "May God Bless......"

BCnU.....
Toby OB

1 comment:

Mercurie said...

I always had a bit of a crush on Cyd Charisse. She was definitely the greatest female dancer of all time!