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Maria Tallchief Edit Profile

ballerina

Maria Tallchief, American former ballerina. Member of National Society Arts and Letters.

Background

Tallchief, Maria was born on January 24, 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Alexander Joseph and Ruth Mary (Porter) Tallchief.

Education

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Lake Forest College, Illinois. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1968. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Ripon College, 1973.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Boston College. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Smith College, 1981. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1982.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Yale University, 1984. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), St. Mary of the Woods College, 1984. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Dartmouth College, 1985.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), St. Xaviar College, 1989. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), University Illinois, 1997.

Career

Ballerina Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1942-1947. With New York City Ballet Company, 1947-1965, prima ballerina, 1947-1960. Founder Chicago City Ballet, 1981, artistic director, 1981—1987.

Now ballet director Lyric Opera Chicago, since 1979. Ballerina Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1942—1947, New York City Ballet Company, 1947—1965, prima ballerina, 1947—1960. Founder Chicago City Ballet, 1979.

Director ballet Lyric Opera Chicago, since 1979.

Works

Membership

Member of National Society Arts and Letters.

Connections

Married Henry Paschen, Junior, June 3, 1956. 1 child Elise Paschen.

father:
Alexander Joseph Tallchief

mother:
Ruth Mary (Porter) Tallchief

spouse:
Henry Paschen

child:
Elise Paschen Tallchief