Bettie Marie Tall Chief
Born: Jan 24, 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
1925 - Born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on the 24th of January.
1942-1947 - She danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
1947-1965 - She is best known for her time with the New York City Ballet.
1946 - Choreographer George Balanchine wrote several of his most famous works for her. The two were married on the 16th of August.
1949 - Her performance of Balanchine's The Firebird and their earlier collaboration at the Paris Opera elevated Maria Tallchief onto the world stage.
1952 - The marriage with George was ended.
1947-1960 - She was the first prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet, where Balanchine was the principal choreographer.
- She also originated the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in Balanchine's version of The Nutcracker.
1953 - She became America's preeminent dancer.
- President Dwight Eisenhower declared her Woman of the Year.
1956 - She briefly married Elmourza Natirboff, "a handsome young aviator," and later married Henry "Buzz" Paschen, a "blue-eyed" Chicago builder, on the 3rd of June.
1965 - She continued to dance with the New York City Ballet and with other groups until her retirement.
1981-1987 - She founded the Chicago City Ballet and served as its artistic director.
1966 - She received the Kennedy Center Honors.
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