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Date of Birth 13 January 1924Villemomble, France
Date of Death 10 July 2011Geneva, Canton Geneva, Switzerland  (leukemia)

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Roland Petit was born on January 13, 1924 in Villemomble, France. He is known for his work on Black Tights (1961), Hans Christian Andersen (1952) and Le chat botté (1986). He was married to Zizi Jeanmaire. He died on July 10, 2011 in Geneva, Canton Geneva, Switzerland.

Spouse (1)

Zizi Jeanmaire (1954 - 10 July 2011) (his death) (1 child)

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A student of the Paris Opera Ballet at age 10.
Created the Ballet de Champs-Elysees in 1945.
Made musicals in Hollywood from 1951-1955, including Daddy Long Legs (1955) with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron, and Anything Goes (1956) with Bing Crosby and ballerina Zizi Jeanmaire, who later became his wife.
Won the French National Prize for Dance in 1979.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1981 Tony Award as Best Choreographer for "Can-Can."

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