June 18th, 2008


the legs have left the building

Awww no! Owner of the million-pound legs, MGM Musical star and serial name-changer Cyd Charisse, died yesterday. You know, the amazing dame who shot to fame after she did the dance in the green dress opposite Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.

This clip shows her getting fruity with French underwear in bizarre cold war musical Silk Stockings (which also stars Peter Lorre as a Russian spy). Be sure to click on the "video response" for a closer look at the corsetry.

Ah, Cyd Charisse. She was immortalised in rhyme, by a friend of mine:

Cyd Charisse
She sits upon the mantlepiece
It came as quite a shock
I thought she was a clock

[Rhyme by Howard Dietz - who isn't, for clarity's sake, actually a friend of mine]