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Anna Pavlova

dancer , ballerina

Anna Pavlova was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, who is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan.


Ethnicity: Some sources, including The Saint Petersburg Gazette, have claimed that her illegitimate father was the Jewish–Russian banker.

Pavlova, Anna was born on February 12, 1881 in Petersburg. Daughter of a soldier and a washerwoman.


Pupil of P. Gerdt at the Imperial Theatrical School in Petersburg.


When she saw The Sleeping Beauty performed, Anna Pavlova decided to become a dancer.In 1907, Anna Pavlova began her first tour, to Moscow, and by 1910 was appearing at the Metropolitan Opera House in America. When, in 1914, she

was traveling through Germany on her way to England when Germany declared war on Russia, her connection to Russia was for all intents broken.Anna Pavlova appeared in a few silent films.


  • The Pavlova dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.

    When the Victoria Palace Theatre in London, England, opened in 1911, a gilded statue of Pavlova had been installed above the cupola of the theatre. This was taken down for its safety during World War The second and was lost. In 2006, a replica of the original statue was restored in its place.

    Pavlova's life was depicted in the 1983 film Anna Pavlova.


Religious principles served as a unifying force in her spiritual life. Pavlova was a Russian Orthodox. Her associates averred that she was a deeply religious woman; frequently they observed her making the Sign of the Cross before performances. She gave generously to charities and down-and-out dancers. All the flowers she received were sent to hospitals and the proceeds from the sales of her photographs went to support her private charity, "Home for Russian Children in Paris."


Quotations: "What exactly is success? For me it is to be found not in applause, but in the satisfaction of feeling that one is realizing one's ideal."

"No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."

"When a small child . . . I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away."


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