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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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 1994 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Erica Hastings
- McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey (1994) ... Erica Hastings
 1977/I The Nutcracker (TV Movie)
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 1981 Gala of Stars 1981 (TV Movie)
 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)
- The Nutcracker (1997) ... Clara

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Other Works:

1975: Principal dancer in Concerto (MacMillan), American Ballet Theatre, New York See more »

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1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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5' 1" (1.55 m)

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Personal Quote:

The ballet can touch each one of us. It does this by having strict boundaries that encourage dancers to refine their sense of movement, while struggling towards expression, sort of like squeezing a tube of toothpaste from the bottom and waiting patiently for it to finally overflow at the top. See more »


Sister of Joanna Kirkland. See more »

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