With the Heroes Convention starting in about 48 hours, I had expected to post something "comics-oriented" today, but the Reaper has claimed another celebrity in the wake of Stan Winston's passing .... and this time a knockout beauty from the classic era of Hollywood song & dance films.
Cyd Charisse headlined many MGM musicals back in the day, starring alongside legendary hoofers Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. The Band Wagon, The Harvey Girls, Silk Stockings, Singin' In the Rain, and the favorite of the Catacombs, the 1954 Scottish-themed fantasy, Brigadoon.
Fred Astaire once commented, "That Cyd! When you dance with her, you stay danced with."
Ms. Charisse was admitted to the hospital on Monday after suffering an apparent heart attack and passed away yesterday at the age of 86.
Condolences go out to her family, friends and generations of fans.