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Maria Tallchief

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Birthday
24, 1925
Birthplace
Fairfax, OK
Death Date
Apr 11, 2013 (88)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
24, 1925
Birthplace
Fairfax, OK
Death Date
Apr 11, 2013 (88)

About

American dancer best known for becoming the first Native American prima ballerina. She danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the New York City Ballet, performing in such famous pieces as The Nutcracker and The Firebird.

Before Fame

She broke away from social norms at the time for Native American women and moved to Beverly Hills, California with her family to pursue ballet.

Trivia

Her father was a Chief in the Osage Nation.

Family Life

She was married to George Balanchine for six years. She later married Henry "Buzz" Paschen, Jr. and remained with him until his death in 2004. The couple had one daughter, Elise. 

Associated With

She and Galina Ulanova were both esteemed prima ballerinas.