Ballet legend Maria Tallchief dies at 88
CHICAGO – Maria Tallchief, one of America’s first prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as “The Nutcracker,” ”Firebird,” and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter, Elise Paschen, said. Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942 to 1947, but her career was most associated with the New York City Ballet, where she worked from 1948 to 1965.