Tamara Toumanova

Ballet Dancer
Born Mar 2, 1919

Tamara Toumanova was a prominent American ballerina and actress of Polish and Armenian descent. She made her debut at the age of 10 at the children's ballet of Paris Opera and was soon discovered by her fellow émigré, balletmaster George Balanchine, who made Tamara the star of his performances in the United States. While most of Toumanova's career was dedicated to ballet, she appeared in several films as well.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on March 2, 1919.
1925 6 Years Old At the age of six, Toumanova was invited by the ballerina Anna Pavlova to perform in one of her gala concerts in 1925. … Read More


1931 12 Years Old In 1931, when Toumanova was twelve years old, George Balanchine saw her in ballet class and engaged her for de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, along with Irina Baronova, 12, and Tatiana Riabouchinska, 14. … Read More
1936 17 Years Old In 1936, while Toumanova was performing ballet in Chicago, an 18-year-old boy named Burr Tillstrom came to see her perform. … Read More


Toumanova appeared in six Hollywood films between 1944 and 1970, always playing dancers.


1953 34 Years Old In 1953 she played Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova in Tonight We Sing, and in 1954 she appeared in the biographical musical, Deep in My Heart, as the French dancer Gaby Deslys.
1956 37 Years Old In 1956 she performed a dance scene with Gene Kelly in Invitation to the Dance.


1966 47 Years Old In 1966, she played the odious, unnamed lead ballerina in Alfred Hitchcock's political thriller Torn Curtain.


1970 51 Years Old In 1970 she played Russian ballerina "Madame Petrova" in Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. … Read More


1996 77 Years Old Toumanova died in Santa Monica, California, on 29 May 1996, aged 77, from undisclosed causes. … Read More
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