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Gelsey Kirkland

Innocent-looking, girlish and pretty, this diminutive and emotional legendary ballerina has had more drama in her real-life than there ever was onstage. While she was called by Mikhail Baryshnikov, himself, "the best of her generation", she was probably more famous for her raging cocaine addiction and off-stage behavior. Daughter of playwright Jack... See full bio »

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Known For

The Nutcracker
(1977)
Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap
Baryshnikov: Live at Wolf Trap Swanhilda in 'Coppelia' / Kitri in 'Don Quixote Pas de Deux'
(1976)
Gala of Stars 1981
(1981)
L.A. Law
L.A. Law Erica Hastings
(1994)

Filmography

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 1994 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Erica Hastings
- McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey (1994) ... Erica Hastings
 1977/I The Nutcracker (TV Movie)
Clara
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 1981 Gala of Stars 1981 (TV Movie)
Herself
 1978 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Herself / 'Theme and Variations'
- American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House (1978) ... Herself / 'Theme and Variations'
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 2007 PBS NewsHour (TV Series)
Clara in 'The Nutcracker'
- Episode dated 17 July 2007 (2007) ... Clara in 'The Nutcracker'
 1997 Breakfast with the Arts (TV Series)
Clara
- The Nutcracker (1997) ... Clara
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Personal Details

Other Works:

1975: Title role in Giselle (Petipa after Coralli, Perrot; staged Blair), American Ballet Theatre, Washington, D.C. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Height:

5' 1" (1.55 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the people I offended in Dancing on My Grave, such as Baryshnikov and Peter Martins. I would have liked to have had the wisdom to keep my personal problems out of the work. But that's life. See more »

Trivia:

Edward Villella described her as having "steel-like legs that are doing the most fantastic technical feats while the upper body is soft and lovely as though nothing were going on underneath" in Time magazine. See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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