Margot Fonteyn

United Kingdom
Born May 18, 1919
Hometown Reigate
Died Feb 21, 1991
Death Place Panama City
Nationality United Kingdom
Other Names Hookham, Margaret

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 and known as Peggy Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate, Surrey,,United Kingdom to an English father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother; her mother's father was the industrialist Antonio Fontes of Brazil. … Read More


1933 14 Years Old In 1933, she joined the Vic-Wells Ballet School, the predecessor of today's Royal Ballet School. … 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


1961 42 Years Old Fonteyn began her greatest artistic partnership at a time when many (including the head of the Royal Ballet, Ninette de Valois) thought she was about to retire. In 1961 Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West, and on 21 February 1962, he and Fonteyn first performed together in Giselle. … Read More


1979 60 Years Old They created an on-and-offstage partnership that lasted until her 1979 retirement, 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. … Read More
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