Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina

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Henry Holt and Company, Jun 30, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages

A fascinating self-portrait of the fairy-tale life of a woman who understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her.

"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment.... Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."-Arlene Croce, The New Yorker


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The tastefully yet candidly told life story of one of America's most gifted dancers, a former wife of George Balanchine. Tallchief was born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief in 1925, to an alcoholic but ... Read full review

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Livingston, a journalist and former dancer, has written the first authorized biography of Maria Tallchief (a 1996 Kennedy Center honoree), Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, and Yvonne Chouteau ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Maria Tallchief received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996. She divides her time between Chicago and Florida.

Larry Kaplan writes frequently for Ballet Review and has assisted in biographies of Merrill Ashley and Edward Villella. He lives in New York City.

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