Actress, dancer Cyd Charisse dead at 86

Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:27pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress and dancer Cyd Charisse, who gained fame in the movies as a partner with Hollywood dance greats Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, has died of heart failure in Los Angeles at age 86.

Her spokesman Gene Schwam said Charisse died early on Tuesday morning. He called her "a loving and gracious woman throughout her life."

Charisse broke into the movies in 1943 opposite Don Ameche in "Something to Shout About," and went on to dance with Astaire in 1946's "Ziegfeld Follies." But her big break came in 1952, appearing opposite Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain."

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<p>Actress Cyd Charisse poses for photographers during a reception at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to screen the re-mastered digital presentation of the 1974 film, "That's Entertainment," in Beverly Hills, California in this September 17, 2004 file photo. Charisse, 86, died in Los Angeles on June 17, 2008, her spokesman Gene Schwam said. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell /Files</p>