CHARISSE... began here career with Colonel de Basil's "Ballet Russe de
Monte Carlo". Her name on the program read, Maria Istomina, a name chosen
for her by the formidable Colonel himself... a name he thought more suitable
for a native born Texan.
After the company's season ended in London, Cyd returned to Los Angeles where MGM was conducting a search for a ballerina for the film, THE ZIEGFELD FOLLIES. She got the part and was signed to a long term contract and became one of the Industry's brightest dancing stars. PARTY GIRL, BANDWAGON, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and NINOTCHKA are just a few of the many that will not be forgotten. Cyd's grace, her style and her beauty are legendary.
More than two dozen films and married for more than five decades to singer, Tony Martin, Cyd continues with personal appearances all over the country.