(on Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly) I can watch Astaire anytime. I don't think he ever made a wrong move. He was a perfectionist. He would work on a few bars for hours until it was just the way he wanted it. Gene was the same way. They both wanted perfection, even though they were completely different personalities.
(On explaining why she never tapped on-screen) I was pulled up as a ballet dancer and I wasn't used to pounding the floor with bent knees.
The censors were always there when I was on the set. When I was held up. in a lift (in "Deep in My Heart") they were up on ladders to see if I was properly covered.
|Full Name at Birth||Tula Ellice Finklea|
|Other Names||Felia Siderova (for the Ballet Russe, 1936-1938)Maria Istomina (for the Ballet Russe, 1939)Lily Norwood (for the movie industry, 1943-1945)|
|Age||87 (age at death)|
|Date of Birth||March 8, 1921|
|Date of Death||June 17, 2008|
|Location of Death||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Cause of Death||Complications From A Heart Attack)|
|Height||5' 7½" (171 cm)|
|Eye Color||Brown - Dark|
|High School||Hollywood Professional School, Los Angeles, CA|
|Claim to Fame||Singin in the Rain (1952)|
|Music Genre||Stage & Screen|
|Music Style||Stage & Screen, Show Tunes, Cast Recordings|
|Brand Endorsements||Lady Blatimore Luggage (Magazine Advertisement) |
|Friends||Kathryn Grayson, Esther Williams, Fred Astaire, Jack Cole|