(b Los Angeles, 8 Jul. 1946)
US dancer. She studied ballet with Carmelita Maracci, Michel Panaieff, and Robert Rossellat. In 1961 she joined San Francisco Ballet where she created leading roles in several works by Lew Christensen. In 1965 she joined American Ballet Theatre where she was quickly promoted to principal, dancing classical ballerina roles as well as excelling in works by Balanchine and Tudor. She made her debut as Odette-Odile in 1967, a role that remained closely associated with her. With ABT she created roles in Feld's At Midnight (1967), Smuin's The Eternal Idol (1969), Nahat's Brahms Quintet (1969), Ailey's The River (1970), the title role in Nureyev's 1975 staging of Raymonda, and Tharp's Bach Partita (1984). In 1974 she became the first American to dance in Cuba. A consummate technician, her statuesque physique and dramatic presence made her a very distinctive personality on stage. She retired from ABT in 1991, dancing her farewell performance as Odette-Odile with Fernando Bujones although for a short while she continued to guest with other companies including Cleveland San Jose Ballet. She now stages the classical repertory and coaches for companies around the world.