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George Balanchine & Maria Tallchief ~1947

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Maria Tallchief with George Balanchine. Photo by Martha Swope.

I must read Maria Tallchief's autobiography; the half-Native American ballerina created the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the first Balanchine Nutcracker and was also Balanchine's wife.

george balanchine’s school of american ballet, 1936.

Ballerinas at the New York City Ballet (Diana Adams; Maria Tallchief; Tanaquil Leclercq) by Norman Parkinson