Maria Tallchief

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Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief in April 1961
Born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief
January 24, 1925(1925-01-24)
Fairfax, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died April 11, 2013(2013-04-11) (aged 88)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Prima ballerina
Years active 1942–1966
Height 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)

Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief (stage name Maria Tallchief; born 24 January 1925 - died 11 April 2013) was the first person of Native American descent to become prima ballerina for a major company. She is especially well known by her time with the New York City Ballet, where she performed between 1948 and 1965.

Maria Tallchief died due to complications from surgery to fix a broken hip in Chicago at age 88.[1]

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