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Margot Fonteyn (1919–1991)


Peggy Hookham was always destined to be a dancer. Her Brazilian/Irish mother groomed her for stardom from almost as soon as she could walk. When she was aged 8 her father's work took the family to Shanghai. Peggy and her Mother returned to the UK when she was 14. Her father stayed in Shanghai and was interned by the Japanese for the duration of ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 71) in Panama City, Panama

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Known For

(1966)
The Royal Ballet Princess Odette / The Firebird / Ondine
(1960)
Producers' Showcase Cinderella / Princess Aurora
(1955-1957)
The Sleeping Princess The Princess Aurora
(1939)

Filmography

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 1966 Schwanensee
Odile / Odette
 1966 Romeo and Juliet
Juliet
 1964 Ninety Years On (TV Movie)
Performer
 1960 The Royal Ballet
Princess Odette / The Firebird / Ondine
 1959 The Sleeping Beauty (TV Movie)
Princess Aurora
 1958 The Nutcracker (TV Movie)
Sugar Plum Fairy
 1955-1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Cinderella / Princess Aurora
- Cinderella (1957) ... Cinderella
- The Sleeping Beauty (1955) ... Princess Aurora
 1939 The Sleeping Princess (TV Movie)
The Princess Aurora
 1937 Le lac des cygnes (TV Movie)
Odette, the Swan Queen
 1937 Les patineurs (TV Movie)
White Couple
 1935 Escape Me Never
Dancer in chorus (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She performed in the ballet, "Les Sylphides" by Fokine, "Hamlet" by Robert Helpmann, and "Casse Noisette Act II: The Kingdom of Sweets" by Ivanoff, in a Sadler's Wells Ballet at the New Theatre in London, England with Beryl Grey, Alexis Rassine, Celia Franca, Moira Shearer, David Paltenghi, Robert Helpmann, Peggy Van Praagh, ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 11 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Margot Fonteyn | Margot Fonteyn-Arais
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Personal Quote:

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. See more »

Trivia:

There is a life-sized bronze statue of Fonteyn in her hometown of Reigate, Surrey. See more »

Trademark:

Partnership with Rudolph Nureyev--known as "Margot and Rudi" See more »

Nickname:

Peggy

Star Sign:

Taurus

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