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Agnes de Mille Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 September 1905Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 7 October 1993Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (stroke)
Birth NameAgnes George de Mille

Mini Bio (1)

Agnes de Mille was born on September 18, 1905 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Agnes George de Mille. She is known for her work on Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music (1985), Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956). She was married to Walter Foy Prude. She died on October 7, 1993 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Spouse (1)

Walter Foy Prude (14 June 1943 - 29 August 1988) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

Choreographer.
B.A. from U.C. Berkeley
Niece of Cecil B. DeMille.
Granddaughter of land reformer and economist Henry George.
Named for her father's sister who died in childhood.
Has won two Tony Awards as Best Choreographer: in 1947 for "Brigadoon," in a tie with Michael Kidd for "Finian's Rainbow;" and in 1962 for "Kwamina," in a tie with Joe Layton for "No Strings." She was also nominated in the same category in 1959 for "Goldilocks."
Daughter of William C. de Mille, granddaughter of Beatrice DeMille, sister of Peggy George, sister-in-law of B.P. Fineman.
She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1986 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
She had a son, Jonathan (born in 1946), with her husband, Walter.
A witty and vivid writer and speaker, she remained unquenchable in spirit even after being disabled by a cerebral hemorrhage on May 15, 1975, as she was about to go on stage for her famous lecture, 'Converstions About the Dance'. It paralyzed the right side of her body. She had to undergo two operations to remove blood clots. With the aid of rehabilitative therapy and her own enormous willpower, she recovered sufficiently to continue her career, learning to write with her left hand in the process.
Agnes de Mille was born at 357 West 118th Street in Harlem, close to Morningside Park.
Her husband died of heart failure at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan after a long bout with emphysema.
Her ashes are buried at Merriewold (Forestburgh, NY) beside those of her husband.

Personal Quotes (4)

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our lives are made. Destiny is made known silently.
[on desire] Bodies cannot lie.
I learned three important things in college: to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes.

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