Maria Tallchief : America's prima ballerina

by Tallchief, Maria.

Format: Print Book 1997
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV1785.T32 A3 1997
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Biography B T144t
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 92 TALLCHIEF
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A fascinating self-portrait of the fairy-tale life of a woman who understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her.

"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment.... Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."-Arlene Croce, The New Yorker
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tallchief, the daughter of a full-blooded Osage Indian father and a mother of Scotch-Irish descent, was the queen of American ballet in its glory years; and her life story reads like a fairy tale, but one in which the princess must pay a high price for her magical gifts. Tallchief devoted herself to ballet at an early age, achieving instant recognition when she went to New York in 1942 at age 17. Immediately accepted as a member of the Ballet Russe, she caught the fervent attention of the controversial and brilliant choreographer George Balanchine. He made Tallchief not only his prima ballerina--creating unforgettable roles for her that called for "pyrotechnical virtuosity and limitless stamina" --but also his wife. Tallchief, adeptly assisted by coauthor Larry Kaplan, who also cowrote Edward Villella's autobiography, Prodigal Son (1991), is modest about her own stupendous talent but expresses undiminished awe for Balanchine's genius. Her descriptions of working with Balanchine and Stravinsky are fascinating and exhilarating, but her accounts of the terrible strain of 14-hour days of practice and performance are sobering. At the height of her career, Tallchief suffered from "perpetual exhaustion" and a fractured personal life, but she has no regrets--only sterling memories and much to be proud of. --Donna Seaman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Tallchief, whose father was a hard-drinking, oil-rich Osage chief, was born on an Oklahoma reservation. But when Tallchief was eight and had already outgrown the limited ballet instruction available in Oklahoma, her strong-willed, Scotch-Irish mother moved the family to Los Angeles, where the girl studied with Ernest Belcher and Bronislava Nijinska. At age 17, Tallchief joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and there met choreographer George Balanchine, whom she married in 1946. The marriage dissolved a few years later, but she remained devoted to Balanchine and, until her retirement in 1966, was a leading ballerina in his New York City Ballet. In this lackluster autobiography, Tallchief records all the details of her background and training and traces her career, her three marriages and her relationships with her dance partners, especially André Eglevsky and Erik Bruhn. Her accounts of the evolutions of the ballets in which she starred and of Balanchine's working methods will be of interest to balletomanes, but the book, written with Kaplan, who has also coauthored biographies of Merrill Ashley and Edward Villela, lacks the fire and excitement that characterized the dancing of one of the great ballerinas of this century. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Tallchief, Maria.
Ballerinas -- United States -- Biography.
Osage Indians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt,1997
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Kaplan, Larry.
Language English
Notes "A John Macrae book."
Includes index.
Description x, 351 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0805033025 (alk. paper)
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