Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from American National Biography. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 September 2019

Charisse, Cydlocked

(8 Mar. 1921–17 June 2008)
  • Bruce J. Evensen

Extract

Charisse, Cyd (8 Mar. 1921–17 June 2008), dancer and actress, was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, to jeweler Ernest E. Finklea and Lela (Norwood) Finklea. Tula became “Sid” when her older brother E. E. couldn’t say “Sis” (and later the more exotic “Cyd” when her Hollywood career took off). She considered herself skinny and homely when she turned to ballet at six to strengthen her right side after a bout with polio, but she quickly became enthralled by the power of dance. At fourteen, her parents enrolled her in the Los Angeles ballet school of ...

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription