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Tamara Toumanova (1919–1996)

Known as "The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet," she was born on a train while her mother was fleeing Russia in search of her husband. They lived in refugee camps in Russia, Shanghai and Cairo before settling in Paris. Toumanova studied ballet in Paris in 1924 and became a professional ballerina. She performed with a number of troupes and in 1932... See full bio »

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Torn Curtain
Torn Curtain Ballerina
Days of Glory
Invitation to the Dance
Invitation to the Dance The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'


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 1956 Invitation to the Dance
The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Gaby Deslys
 1944 Days of Glory
Nina (as Toumanova)
 1942 Spanish Fiesta (Short)
Gypsy Fortune Teller
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 1956 Invitation to the Dance (performer: "Ring Around The Rosy")
 1954 Deep in My Heart (performer: "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise", "'Allo, 'Allo")
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 1970 Billy Wilder (TV Movie documentary)
 1958 Music for You (TV Series)
- Episode #6.5 (1958) ... Herself
- Episode #6.1 (1958) ... Herself
 1956 The Wedding in Monaco (Documentary short)

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(9/15/38) Stage: Performed in the ballet, "Giselle," L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune," and "Gaite Parisienne," in a Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England, with Serge Lifar, Lubov Rostova, Léonide Massine and Alexandra Danilova in the cast. 'Anatalole Fistoulari' and Frank ... See more »

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With Tatiana Riabouchinska, 15, and Irina Baronova, 13, one of the "baby ballerinas". This was a nickname given to the trio in 1933, during their first season in London, by the ballet writer Arnold Haskell.

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