Magazine article Dance Magazine

Anniversary Gallery Hollywood Covers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Anniversary Gallery Hollywood Covers

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION From gorgeous leading ladies like Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, and Audrey Hepburn to the warm smile of dancer-choreographer-director Gene Kelly, to the filming of West Side Story, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood has shone on our covers. Check out these silver screen dancing stars and a follow-up on where they are now.

Cyd Charisse, known for her long, sexy legs (valued at $5 million in 1952), posed on our Sept. 1946 issue. She went on to light up the screen in Hollywood classics Singing in the Rain and The Band Wagon. "I never thought of taking the movies seriously," Charisse told DM. "I have learned to work out a scene as if it were a dance routine. After all, I've thought about nothing but dancing since I was 8 years old." Last year she was honored with a National Medal of Arts.

After dancing with Les Ballet des Champs-Elysees, 19-year-old Leslie Coron was chosen by Gene Kelly to partner him in An American in Paris, and they appeared on our cover in 1951. However Caron, who later starred in Gigi and Daddy Long Legs among other screen musicals, has admitted that her biggest crush was on the great French ballet dancer Jean Babilee. She now lives just outside of Paris and owns an inn, La Lucarne aux Chouettes (The Owl's Nest) in Burgundy.

Although Audrey Hepburn died in 1993, she keeps on dancing. Last fall, skinny black pants--the Hepburn look--reemerged on the fashion scene. The Gap used a clip of the classically trained Funny Face gal (as we featured her on our cover in 1957) to star in their commercials. …

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