Charisse then married singer and nightclub entertainer Tony Martin in 1948. They settled in Hollywood soon after their marriage. The couple had one son, Tony Jr. Martin and her sons survive her, along with two grandchildren.
"I never considered going into motion pictures," she said in a 1992 interview with New York Times dance critic Anna Kisselgoff. The offer of a contract at MGM, home of movie musicals, convinced her to change her mind.
After a decade in movies in which she was "the only dancer who could make a pirouette look sexy," according to Kisselgoff, Charisse expanded her range.
In the '60s, she performed cabaret shows with Martin while she continued working in films such as "Two Weeks in Another Town" (1962). She made guest appearances on popular television series, including "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Love Boat" in the 1970s and "Murder, She Wrote" in the 1980s.
She also worked in theater, performing in "Charlie's Girls" in London in the 1980s and making her Broadway debut as an aging Russian ballerina in "Grand Hotel" in 1992.
She was 70 when she first appeared on Broadway and was still faithful to her time-tested philosophy, she told the New York Times. "If you worry about taking risks, don't do it," Charisse said.
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