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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Those Beautiful Legs

Lovely Cyd Charisse now lives on only on the big screen.

For those of you who enjoyed this clip, and this one, you might want to read about Cyd from her obit in the New York Times.

Although the Times highlights some other of her more famous movies, I've included another scene that I think is completely fabulous and shouldn't be missed.

(And, if you didn't know that Ricardo Montalban was as gorgeous and as hot as can be--your only recollections of him are from Star Trek II and Fantasy Island--then you are in for a huge Latin treat.)

But perhaps this is the most romantic remembrance of Cyd (I think):

Oh, to be that beautiful and graceful. She was a goddess.


Limerick Tango June 19, 2008 at 4:06 AM  

Fred Astaire wrote of Cyd Charisse, "When you've danced with her, you stay danced with".
Now there is a compliment to strive towards.

Debbi June 19, 2008 at 7:54 AM  

Cyd was an amazing dancer and performer. Her talent inspired uncountable children who wanted to dance with grace and a 300ft scarf...

dutchbaby June 19, 2008 at 8:44 AM  

She was perfection!

studio wellspring June 19, 2008 at 9:22 AM  

oh my yes she was a goddess... and she will be revered forever.
i had no idea mr.rourke was such a hunka-hunka-burnin-love in his younger years. thanks for sharing these awesome clips and starting my day out right....

tangobaby June 19, 2008 at 9:39 AM  

Hi Limerick Tango,

That's a wonderful quote. I can imagine that it would be like that to be her partner. You can just tell...

Hi debbi,

I read in her obit that she was part of the Ballet Russe, which explains a lot about her training and competence. Are you one of the children who wanted to dance with a 300ft scarf? I bet you were. ;-)

I posted a little eye candy for you on my other blog:


Hi dutchbaby,


Hi Ms. Wellspring,

Lol! I love your comment about Mr. Rourke. Actually, we have a DVD of him in a drama called Border Incident, and he was pretty hunky in those westerns, too. He made a lot of movies, westerns, war movies, etc. way before his Fantasy Island days.

Anonymous June 19, 2008 at 10:03 AM  

Oh TB, I'm doubly heartbroken. First to realize that she was still alive. And then to discover that she has just died :-(

She was not only gorgeous and graceful, like Ginger Rogers, she got to wear some gorgeous clothes. As in this clip of our dynamic duo (Montalban and Charisse) dancing a Tango!!!

tangobaby June 19, 2008 at 10:20 AM  

Hi Johanna,

I know, it makes me realize that those days of glorious musicals, that showcased and cherished such talent, that those years are really gone.

I have seen that other clip before--it's cute. I didn't include it because I thought this one was so HOT by comparison. ;-)

Let's hear it for Ricardo Montalban, too.

Anonymous June 19, 2008 at 10:38 AM  

I think she could sit there and file her nails, and STILL look HOT :-)

Phivos Nicolaides June 19, 2008 at 10:41 AM  

Really beautiful, like an ancient Greek goddess!

paris parfait June 19, 2008 at 2:39 PM  

Yes, she was a goddess - so unique and graceful and poised. A lovely tribute to an amazing woman. xoxox

Psyche June 20, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

Wow, that second clip is just breathtaking. What a concept! And what direction and choreography, as well as incredible interpretation.

Oh to tango in a stiff breeze with thirty feet of silk trailing behind me. Not so practical for tango, I guess, but it's a nice idea.

willow June 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

Yes, she was a goddess. She was my favorite Hollywood dancer.

tangobaby June 25, 2008 at 5:26 PM  

Hi people I did not comment to earlier! I'm sorry!

I keep trying to think of original comments but maybe it's just time for me to get ready to go home for the day.

And welcome Willow, your blog is exquisite.