A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts (Facts On by Liz Sonneborn

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Further Reading Castle, Irene, as told to Bob and Wanda Duncan. Castles in the Air. : Doubleday, 1958. Fanger, Iris M. ” International Encyclopedia of Dance, edited by Selma Jeanne Cohen, vol. 1, pp. 78–80. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 37 CHARISSE, CYD Recommended Recorded and Videotaped Performances The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Turner Home Video, VHS, 2000. t CHARISSE, CYD (Tula Ellice Finklea, Natacha Tulaelis, Felia Siderova, Lily Norwood) (1921– ) Dancer, Actress Arguably the greatest female dancer in Hollywood history, Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, on March 8, 1921.

Her legend was furthered by critic Kenneth Tynan with the publication of his evaluation of Brooks in the New Yorker magazine in 1979. Titled “The Girl in the Black Helmet”—a reference to Brooks’ bobbed flapper haircut—the piece was largely written with her cooperation, though Brooks and Tynan later had a falling-out. In 1982, Brooks chose to tell her own story in Lulu in Hollywood, a compilation of her magazine articles augmented with some new material. With the image of the exuberant, pleasure-seeking Lulu permanently etched into the American imagination, Brooks died of a heart attack at her home on August 8, 1985.

New York: Knopf, 1990. Recommended Recorded and Videotaped Performances None But the Lonely Heart (1944). Turner Home Video, VHS, 1998. Rasputin and the Empress (1932). Warner Home Video, VHS, 1993. The Spiral Staircase (1946). Anchor Bay Entertainment, DVD/VHS, 2000. t BERG, GERTRUDE (Gertrude Edelstein) (1899–1966) Actress The creator and star of radio’s The Goldbergs, Gertrude Berg was born Gertrude Edelstein in New York City on October 3, 1899. When she was seven, her father bought a resort in the Catskills.

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