Death of Maria Tallchief

January 24, 1925 - April 11, 2013
Chicago, Illinois | Age 88

Ballet legend dies at 88
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CARYN ROUSSEAU, The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," ''Firebird," and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88.

Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter, Elise Paschen, said Friday.

Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942 to 1947, but her career was most associated with the New York City...

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