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MARIA TALLCHIEF - EPHEMERA SIGNED - HFSID 253858

MARIA TALLCHIEF Pair of well-worn ballet slippers signed by Tallchief Pair of ballet slippers signed "Maria Tallchief" in blue ink above the toe on each slipper. Each slipper is 9x2¼. This unique item is an appropriate memento of Tallchief: a pair of well-worn ballet slippers, signed by her above both toes.

Sale Price $1,360.00

Reg. $1,600.00

Condition: fine condition
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MARIA TALLCHIEF
Pair of well-worn ballet slippers signed by Tallchief
Pair of ballet slippers signed "Maria Tallchief" in blue ink above the toe on each slipper. Each slipper is 9x2¼. This unique item is an appropriate memento of Tallchief: a pair of well-worn ballet slippers, signed by her above both toes. We can't guarantee that she wore these slippers; however, it is a clever item, and definitely something that both Tallchief and ballet fans can appreciate. Tallchief (born Betty Marie Tall Chief in Oklahoma in 1925), America's first true virtuosic ballerina, began her professional career with Serge Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1942-1947). The muse of choreographer George Balanchine, who created over 25 roles for her, she is best known for her performance in The Firebird. After marrying Balanchine, the couple, who were wed from 1946 to 1951, left the Ballet Russe and formed what became known as the New York City Ballet, where Tallchief starred for 18 years in such productions as Orpheus, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker as well as The Firebird. She also guest danced with the American Ballet Theatre (1949, 1960-1962), the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1955) and the Hamburg Ballet (1965) before leaving the New York City Ballet in 1965. In 1975, Tallchief became artistic director for the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, and she founded the Chicago City Ballet in 1981, serving as its artistic director until 1987. Tallchief, born to an Osage father and Scotch-Irish mother, has also promoted Native American culture and contributions to the arts. In 1996, Tallchief was both a Kennedy Center Honoree and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Lightly toned, soiled and stained. Slippers are well worn. Otherwise in fine condition.

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