Maria Tall Chief

Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief (1925 - 2013)

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Elizabeth Marie (Maria) "Betty Marie" Tall Chief
Born in Fairfax, Osage, Oklahoma, United Statesmap
Sister of [half], [half], [half], and [private sister (1920s - unknown)]
Wife of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USAmap
Mother of [private daughter (1950s - unknown)]
Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Jun 2013 | Last significant change: 21 Nov 2018
15:36: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief (1925-2013). [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Categories: Osage County, Oklahoma | American Notables.


Maria Tall Chief is Notable.

Elizabeth Marie "Betty" Tall Chief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa;[2] January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was considered America's first major prima ballerina,[3] and was the first Native American to hold the rank.[1]

Almost from birth, Tall Chief was involved in dance, starting formal lessons at age three. When she was eight, her family relocated from her birth home of Fairfax, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, California, to advance the careers of her and her younger sister, Marjorie. At age 17, she moved to New York City in search of a spot with a major ballet company, and, at the urging of her superiors, took the name Maria Tallchief. She spent the next five years with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she met legendary choreographer George Balanchine. When Balanchine co-founded what would become the New York City Ballet in 1946, Tallchief became the company's first star.[4]



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Maria Tallchief pictured on the February 1954 front cover of Dance Magazine
Maria Tallchief pictured on the February 1954 front cover of Dance Magazine

Maria Tallchief - 1961
Maria Tallchief - 1961

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On 9 Sep 2016 at 05:35 GMT Jill (Turkington) Lee wrote:

Tall Chief-8 and Tall Chief-4 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge these profiles, as they obviously represent the same person. Thanks.

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