Tamara Toumanova

Ballet Dancer, Film actor

1919 – 1996

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Who was Tamara Toumanova?

Tamara Toumanova was a prominent Russian American prima ballerina and actress. A child of exiles in Paris after the Russian Revolution of 1917, she made her debut at the age of 10 at the children's ballet of the Paris Opera.

She became known internationally as one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, after being discovered by her fellow émigré, balletmaster and choreographer George Balanchine. She was featured in numerous ballets in Europe. Balanchine also featured her in his productions at Ballet Theatre, New York, making her the star of his performances in the United States. While most of Toumanova's career was dedicated to ballet, she appeared as a ballet dancer in several films, beginning in 1944.

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Born
Mar 2, 1919
Tyumen
Also known as
  • Tamara Vladimirovna Tumanova
  • The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet
  • Tamara Vladimirovna Khassidovitch
Parents
Spouses
Nationality
  • Russia
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Siberia
Died
May 29, 1996
Santa Monica

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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