Cyd Charisse “Beautiful Dynamite”
Cyd Charisse was, in my opinion, the most beautiful and elegant dancer to ever grace the silver screen. She is also only one of six women to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in a movie.
Fred Astaire in his 1959 memoir, “Steps In Time”, referred to Cyd Charisse as “beautiful dynamite”. Fred also went on to say of Cyd,” That Cyd! When you’ve danced with Cyd, you stay danced with”.
Gene Kelly was also very enamored with Cyd Charisse as a dancing partner. ”She wasn’t a tap dancer, she was just beautiful. trained, very strong in whatever we did,” said Kelly, “When we were dancing, we didn’t know what time it was.”