Modern dancer and choreographer. Her three-decade-long career earned her acclaim in the United States and Europe (though she was eventually banned from the U.S. for her Communist sympathies).
She began her performing arts career as a member of Augustin Daly's New York City theater company.
She died at the age of fifty when the scarf she was wearing became tangled in the wheel of a vehicle in which she was traveling.
Her two children, Dierdre and Patrick, drowned in a 1913 accident at the young ages of six and three. She later married the much-younger poet Sergei Yesenin.
She and Margot Fonteyn were both famous dancers.