Ludmilla Tchérina

Ballet Dancer, Film actor

1924 – 2004

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Who was Ludmilla Tchérina?

Ludmilla Tchérina was a French prima ballerina, sculptor, actress, painter, choreographer and author of two novels.

Tchérina was born Monique Tchemerzine, into Circassian aristocracy as the daughter of Kabardian Prince Avenir Tchemerzine, a former Russian general, who had escaped from St. Petersburg, and Stéphane Finette, a Frenchwoman.

She studied with Blanche d'Alessandri, Olga Preobrajenska and Clustine. She started dancing at 16 and danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she was spotted by Serge Lifar. She made her Paris debut creating the rôle of Juliet in his Romeo and Juliet in 1942, becoming the youngest prima ballerina in the history of dance. In 1945 she was a principal dancer with the Ballet des Champs-Élysées and performed in Paris concerts with her husband Edmond Audran. She created various rôles in Lifar's ballets including: 'Mephisto Waltz' in 1945, A la memoire d'un heros in 1946 and in Le Martyre de Saint-Sebastian in 1957. She appeared often with the Paris Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet as a guest performer.

Ludmilla Tchérina acted in several films including The Red Shoes, Les Rendezvous, The Tales of Hoffmann, Oh... Rosalinda!!

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Born
Oct 10, 1924
Paris
Also known as
  • Ludmilla Tcherina
  • Monika Tchemerzin
  • Ludmila Tchérina
  • Monique Audran
  • Monique Tchemerzine
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Spouses
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Died
Mar 21, 2004
Paris
Resting place
Montmartre Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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