Tamara Geva


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(orig. Tamara Gevergeyeva; b St Petersburg, 17 Mar. 1906; d New York, 9 Dec. 1997)

Russian-US dancer and actress. She studied in St Petersburg and joined GATOB (as the Kirov was known in those days). She married Balanchine when she was 16 (he was 18) and went with him to the West in 1924, travelling in a troupe known as the Soviet State Dancers, all of whom were subsequently hired by Diaghilev. She left the Diaghilev company and danced with Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Eventually she ended up in America where she appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies. She starred on Broadway in On Your Toes in 1936, dancing Balanchine's famous ballet Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. She enjoyed a career as an actress in musicals, plays, and films and, with Haila Stoddard, wrote a musical comedy, Come Play With Me (mus. Dana Suesse). Author of the autobiography Split Seconds.

Subjects: Music — Dance.

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