There were dancers. And then there was Cyd Charisse. She was, as Fred Astaire put it, "beautiful dynamite."
The leggy on-screen partner of Hollywood legends Astaire and Gene Kelly died early today at her Los Angeles home of a heart attack. Her rep said Charisse was 86.
To movie musical fans, Charisse will be remembered for joining Kelly in the famous "Broadway Melody" dream sequence from Singin' in the Rain, and for taking on hard-boiled detectives with Astaire in "The Girl Hunt" number from The Band Wagon.