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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameIris Margo Cohen
Nickname Rubber Orchid
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Allegra Kent was born on August 11, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Iris Margo Cohen. She is an actress, known for The Addams Family (1991), Playhouse 90 (1956) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1967). She was previously married to Bert Stern.

Spouse (1)

Bert Stern (1959 - 1975) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (17)

Prima ballerina with the New York City Ballet.
Long time companion of Aram Avakian.
She had three children in her twenties, to Bert Stern.
She says her mother that she wanted to become a ballerina.
George Balanchine created her very first major role at age 17.
She was accepted into the New York City Ballet at the age of 15.
She began studying ballet at 11, in Los Angeles with Bronislava Nijinska and Carmelita Maracci .
She danced the role of Dewdrop in the 1958 Playhouse 90 telecast of Balanchine's version of The Nutcracker.
When she want to the beach with her family, the footprints she made in the sand revealed she had flat feet and was horribly embarrassed. Her mother took her to the doctor and was prescribed wedges in her shoes to give her arches. As painful as she remarked it was, it worked and was given especially high insteps. Afterwards, she began taking ballet.
Balanchine reportedly said of Kent when he first laid eyes upon her, "I have never seen such raw talent".
She was teaching private home ballroom dancing at night, mostly to Japanese men.
She went on to teach ballet at Barnard College.
She writes frequently for Dance and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Vogue, and Allure. Most recently, she has contributed an essay to The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.
She is remarkably close with her colleague from the New York City Ballet Edward Villella. Together they danced the original roles of "Bugaku" and the image of them doing the pas de deux is a famous one.
She had an unnaturally long career performing in the tradition of Margot Fonteyn. Although there were many ailment that personally took a toll by so much as 1983, she endured. Although she developed arthritis in her hip, she struggled and continued dancing. She finally did retire in 1989.
By fourteen, she was teaching ballroom dancing at night in someone's private home, mostly to Japanese men.
Jacques [d'Amboise], her very first dancer partner in adagio class presented her with the Dance Magazine award.

Personal Quotes (6)

In real life, I was a sleepwalker-dance my only light.
For thirty years after this, I struggled with depression and my inability to handle it, I'd fall into the same trap over and over again. Raspberries, whipped cream, ice cream. Exercise would end. I would be embarrassed about my weight, so I'd stop going to class. Sleeping would become a problem....
"Dancing well is the best revenge".
Because of mother's belief in Christian Science, we didn't go to doctors. But when I was eight, she took me to one in Miami Beach. I was terrified. He looked at my feet and made footprints. I had absolutely flat feet. He said that I needed a little arch support and we put some in my shoes. The wedges bent my feet in an unusual way and it hurt, but it was necessary. In one month, my arches had lifted. My feet took on a brand-new shape. Something like a banana, with five grapes on top. Coincidentally, I took my first ballet class.
When a dancer walks into a rehearsal room, wall-to-wall mirrors are nearly always present and can serve as an immediate reference point as to one's appearance. In effect, the mirror acts like a second self, obligingly answering questions. "Do I look alright?" "Yes." In the famous fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil queen questions her mirror and it answers honestly. During class or a practice session, a dancer might ask, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, Am I dancing well at all?" "Are you accusing me, or am I accusing myself?" "Am I too enveloped in your appraisal?" Yes, dancers yearn to be perfect, and mirrors are seductive. But when the curtain goes up, the classroom melts away. Dancers must go through the looking glass to give an ecstatic, fully realized performance.
As a child, I knew I had one great possession: My body. It was little and quick.

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