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Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief

America's Prima Ballerina

Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan

Henry Holt and Co.



A fascinating self-portrait of the fairy-tale life of a woman who understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her.

"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment.... Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."-Arlene Croce, The New Yorker

Praise for Maria Tallchief

"Tastefully yet candidly told life story of one of America's most gifted dancers."—Kirkus Reviews -

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Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan

Maria Tallchief received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996. She divides her time between Chicago and Florida.

Larry Kaplan writes frequently for Ballet Review and has assisted in biographies of Merrill Ashley and Edward Villella. He lives in New York City.

Maria Tallchief

Larry Kaplan

Read Maria Tallchief's New York Times obituary