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First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton applauds as President Clinton congratulates Maria Tallchief after presenting her with a National Medal of Arts, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 in Washington.
This Oct. 3, 1994 file photo shows former ballerina Maria Tallchief Paschen at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA 11th Annual Princess Grace Awards in New York. Tallchief died Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago at the age of 88. Tallchief joined the company that would become the New York City Ballet in 1948. She was married for a time to George Balanchine, who founded the School of American Ballet in New York. Tallchief worked with Balanchine on such masterpieces as 1949's "Firebird" and his now-historic version of "The Nutcracker."
This May 1954 file photo shows Maria Tallchief, prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet, in New York. Tallchief died Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Chicago at the age of 88. She joined the company that would become the New York City Ballet in 1948 and was married for a time to George Balanchine, who founded the School of American Ballet in New York. Tallchief worked with Balanchine on such masterpieces as 1949's "Firebird" and his now-historic version of "The Nutcracker."