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Margot Fonteyn


English traditional ballet dancer who received worldwide acclaim. Being a Prima Ballerina using the Royal Ballet, she made an appearance in Cinderella, The Firebird, Swan Lake, Giselle, and many various other ballets. At age fourteen, she started her training on the Vic-Wells Ballet College in London. Queen Elizabeth II called her Prima Ballerina Assoluta for The Royal Ballet. She was created for an Irish-Brazilian mom and a United kingdom dad. She was wedded to Panamanian ambassador Roberto Emilio Arias for thirty-four years. She became well-known for dancing the main function of Aurora in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet.

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Full Name Margot Fonteyn
Date Of Birth May 18, 1919
Died February 21, 1991, Panama City, Panama
Place Of Birth England
Profession Dancer
Nationality British, English
Spouse Roberto Arias
Children Querube Brillembourg, Rosita Vallarino
Parents Felix John Hookham, Hilda Fontes Hookham
Siblings Felix Edward F Hookham
Awards Shakespeare Prize
Movies The Perfect Partnership: Fonteyn and Nureyev, Romeo and Juliet, I am a Dancer, The Royal Ballet, An Evening With the Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet: An Evening With, Rudolf Nureyev: A Documentary, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet: Cinderella, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, The Little Ballerina
Star Sign Taurus

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1 Her mother was an illegitimate daughter of a Portuguese man and an English woman. His surname was Fontes, the Portuguese for Fountains, which gave Fonteyn.
2 George Balanchine said of Fonteyn "Hands like spoons, can't dance a step", which was typical for Balanchine, who only commented on dancers with whom he wanted to work. After that they started working together on a ballet for Sadler's Wells.



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



The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Rudolf Nureyev 1991 Documentary Herself
The Tales of Helpmann 1990 Documentary Herself
The Margot Fonteyn Story 1989 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1986 TV Movie documentary Herself
In Concert at the Met 1984 TV Special Herself
Celebration: The History of the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet 1981 Documentary Herself
The Magic of Dance 1979 TV Series documentary Herself - hostess
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1977 TV Series Herself - Ballerina
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1976 TV Series documentary Herself
Der Tänzer Heinz Bosl - Ein Erinnerungsbild 1976 TV Movie documentary Herself - Narrator
I Am a Dancer 1972 Documentary Marguerite (segment "Marguerite & Armand")
Omnibus 1970 TV Series documentary
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series Herself
Release 1969 TV Series documentary Herself
The London Palladium Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1965 TV Series Herself - Ballet Dancer
The Ed Sullivan Show 1951-1965 TV Series Herself / Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1956-1964 TV Series Herself
An Evening with the Royal Ballet 1963 Documentary Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1961 TV Series Herself - Ballerina
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960 TV Series Herself
Set to Music 1959 TV Movie Herself
Music for You 1958 TV Series Herself
Three Seasons 1958 Documentary short Herself
The Little Ballerina 1947 Herself
Façade 1936 TV Movie Herself - Dancer (Polka)

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Archive Footage

Ballrooms & Ballerinas: Dance at the BBC 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
Darcey's Ballerina Heroines 2014 Documentary Herself
Margot 2005 Herself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Herself

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