Margot Fonteyn

Born May 18, 1919

Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE, was an English ballerina of the 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by HM Queen Elizabeth II.… Read More

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1919 Birth Fonteyn was born Margaret Evelyn Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate, Surrey, to a British father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother. … Read More


1933 14 Years Old In 1933 she joined the Vic-Wells Ballet School, the predecessor of today's Royal Ballet School, training under the direction of Ninette de Valois and such teachers as Olga Preobrajenska and Mathilde Kschessinska Krzesinska. … Read More


1939 20 Years Old By 1939, Fonteyn had performed principal roles in Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty and was appointed Prima Ballerina. … Read More


1949 30 Years Old In 1949 when the Royal Ballet toured the United States, Fonteyn instantly became a celebrity for her performances. … Read More
1955 36 Years Old In 1955 Fonteyn married Dr Roberto Arias, a Panamanian diplomat to London. … Read More


1959 40 Years Old She was arrested when Arias attempted a coup d'état against the Panamanian government in 1959. … Read More
1967 48 Years Old Fonteyn and Nureyev starred together in a colour film of Swan Lake in 1967. … Read More


1975 56 Years Old Fonteyn presented her own six-part BBC2 series entitled The Magic of Dance in 1975, exploring the history of dance through five centuries, but it seems to have been lost since. … Read More


1979 60 Years Old 1 More Event
They created an on-and-offstage partnership that lasted until her retirement in 1979 at age 61, and were lifelong friends. … Read More
1989 70 Years Old After her retirement she spent all her time in Panama, and was close to her husband and his children from an earlier marriage. Shortly before her husband's death, in 1989, Fonteyn was diagnosed with a cancer that proved fatal.
1991 72 Years Old She died on 21 February 1991 in a hospital in Panama City, Panama, aged 71. … Read More
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