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Marina Semyonova
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    (June 12, 1908-June 9, 2010)
    Born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    Prima ballerina for the Kirov Ballet (1925-30) and Bolshoi Ballet (1930-52)
    Signature ballets include 'Swan Lake,' 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'La Bayadere'
    Named a People's Artist of the USSR (1975)
    When she was born, Russia was still using the Julian Calender, on which her birthday was May 30, leading many obituaries to list her age as 102, when she was actually three days short.
    Serge Lifar, with whom she danced in Paris, said she was 'completely lacking in romantic spirit.'
    She rarely gave interviews, commenting, 'It is better to remain a myth than to be falsely revealed.'
    Novelist Stefan Zweig wrote, 'When she steps onto the stage... and suddenly soars up in a wild leap, the impression is that of a storm suddenly splitting the quiet of a humdrum existence.'
    Her husband, a Soviet diplomat, was executed during the Stalinist purges.
    She said she survived those times because 'I was never afraid of anything.'
    She was one of Russia's leading ballet teachers until age 96.

Credit: C. Fishel

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