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Maya Plisetskaya

Ballet Dancer
Born Nov 20, 1925

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya, born is a Russian ballet dancer, frequently cited as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Plisetskaya danced during the Soviet era at the same time as the great Galina Ulanova, and took over from her as prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi in 1960.… Read More

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1925 Birth Born on November 20, 1925.


1938 12 Years Old In 1938, her father, Mikhail Plisetski was executed during the Stalinist purges, possibly because he had hired a friend who had been a secretary to Leon Trotsky. … Read More
1941 15 Years Old Thereupon Plisetskaya was adopted by her maternal aunt, the ballerina Sulamith Messerer, until her mother was released in 1941. … Read More
1943 17 Years Old In 1943, she graduated from the choreographic school and joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where she would perform until 1990. … Read More


1958 32 Years Old …  In 1958, she was honoured with the title of the People's Artist of the USSR and married the young composer Rodion Shchedrin, in whose subsequent fame she shared.
1960 34 Years Old After Galina Ulanova left the stage in 1960, Maya Plisetskaya was proclaimed the prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old In 1971, her husband Shchedrin wrote a ballet on the same subject, where she would play the leading role. … Read More


1984 58 Years Old In the 1980s, Plisetskaya and Shchedrin spent much time abroad, where she worked as the artistic director of the Rome Opera Ballet in 1984–5, then the Spanish National Ballet of Madrid from 1987–9. … Read More


1996 70 Years Old In 1996 she was named President of the Imperial Russian Ballet. … Read More
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