Cyd Charisse

Cyd Charisse, the MGM star who made a late-in-life Broadway debut in the musical Grand Hotel, died June 17, 2008, of a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital, according to Reuters. She was 87. Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, TX, on March 8, 1921, Ms. Charisse began performing at an early age, eventually joining the Ballet Russe as a teenager. One of her earliest movie appearances was opposite Don Ameche in the 1943 film "Something to Shout About." At that time she was billed as Lily Norwood.

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  • Also known as: Tula Ellice Finklea
  • Born: Mar 8, 1922 in Amarillo, Texas
  • Death: Jun 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California