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Olga Lepeshinskaya
Birth: Sep. 15, 1916
Kiev, Ukraine
Death: Dec. 20, 2008
Moscow, Russian Federation

Ballet Dancer. She was the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi, and of the Soviet Union, over a career lasting thirty years. Born into a noble family, and raised in the Ukraine, she entered the Moscow Choreographic School in 1925, and made her debut at the Bolshoi as Lise in Gorsky's "La Fille Mal Gardee" in 1933. She excelled in comedic roles such as Kitri in "Don Quixote". Miss Lepeshinskaya danced the standard repertoire, such as Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty", Rosina in "The Barber of Seville", and Masha in "The Nutcracker", and created roles in new works, including "Tarus Bulba" (1941), "Cinderella" (1947), and "The Bronze Horseman" (1949). During WWII, she was part of a Bolshoi touring company that performed for troops at the front lines. Always known for being tough and dedicated, she broke her leg in a 1953 performance as Tao Hoa in "The Red Poppy", but finished the show. She was said to be the favorite ballerina of dictator Josef Stalin, who called her "dragonfly", and was awarded the Stalin Prize four times, the first in 1941. She was married to Soviet general Alexi Antonov from 1956 until his death in 1962. After her 1963 retirement, she moved to East Germany, and taught throughout Europe. Later returning to the Soviet Union, she was a ballet reviewer in the 1970s and 1980s. She was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1947. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Vvedenskoe Cemetery
Moscow
Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
 
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Record added: Dec 21, 2008
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