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Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameOttilie Ethel Losch
Nicknames Countess of Camarvon
Countess of Carnarvon

Mini Bio (1)

Tilly Losch was born on November 15, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ottilie Ethel Losch. She is known for her work on The Good Earth (1937), Duel in the Sun (1946) and The Garden of Allah (1936). She was married to Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon and Edward James. She died on December 24, 1975 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (2)

Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon (1939 - 1947) (divorced)
Edward James (1930 - 1934) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Trained in dance at the Vienna Imperial Opera ballet school at age six and became a full member of the ballet corps at age 15. She made her professional debut and reputation, however, dancing Viennese waltzes.
Dance partners included Fred Astaire and Harald Kreutzberg.
Following a severe bout of depression, she turned to painting for self-expression and exhibited her work for a long period of time.
Chief ballerina to George Balanchine.
Second husband was the Earl of Camarvon, whose father discovered King Tut's tomb. This marriage gave her the title Lady Camarvon, an English countess.
She appeared in the original Broadway stage version of "The Band Wagon", in which she danced with Fred Astaire. Ginger Rogers met Astaire in New York in the early 1930s and saw Astaire in the original stage production of the show. She was enraptured by his dancing with Tilly Losch, and she wrote: "If I had known that I was going to be Fred's partner in a matter of months, I would have paid closer attention to each move and pause".

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