William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 17, June, 2008

R.I.P. Cyd

Filed under: In Memoriam — williamthecoroner @ 21:50

Cyd Cherisse is dead at 86. I was very impressed with her perfomance in Singin In The Rain. I have noticed that dancers tend to live longer than most other stars, perhaps because they’re atheletes who don’t smoke.
Here’s a video from which the still is taken


  1. Actually, a fair majority of dancers are smokers. You’d think that with the need for excellent lung health they wouldn’t, but not so. Perhaps the longevity of life is due to their propensity to maintain exercise and (other) health/eating/etc habits later into life than other occupations/professions? Would be an interesting research idea.

    Comment by Matt — Wednesday, 18, June, 2008 @ 11:08 | Reply

  2. Matt, that’s a good point. I know some folks use nicotine as an appetite suppressant, which may also be in play here. Certainly, with a small sample size, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Cyd, Fred Astaire, all were fairly long lived and kept in shape until later, unlike, say Orson Welles, John Wayne, or Humphrey Bogart.

    Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 18, June, 2008 @ 12:43 | Reply

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