Maria Tallchief in April 1961
|Born||Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief
January 24, 1925
Fairfax, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||April 11, 2013
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|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 a broken hip in Chicago at age 88.
References[change | edit source]
- Howard Chua-Eoan (April 12, 2013). "The Silent Song of Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina (1925-2013)". Time. http://entertainment.time.com/2013/04/12/the-silent-song-of-maria-tallchief-americas-prima-ballerina-1925-2013/. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- Archive footage of Maria Tallchief and Michael Maule performing Firebird in 1951 at Jacob's Pillow
- Biography for Maria Tallchief at the Internet Movie Database
- Maria Tallchief from Upstream Video Productions
- Maria Tallchief interview by Bruce Duffie
- Maria Tallchief Dances TV appearance, Christmas 1952