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 Post subject: Re: Did You Ever.......?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2000 5:34 pm 
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Svetlana Beriosova was such a lovely dancer. I don't think she ever quite got her due. When she retired she gave her silk tights to Fonteyn. Fonteyn loved to wear silk tights. I have some wonderful pictures of Beriosova.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2000 6:31 am 
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That's an interesting story about the silk tights. I had read Fonteyn was partial to silk tights, and lamented not being able to get them.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2000 11:35 am 
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Fonteyn also wanted double faced satin ribbons and she once declared that when she could no longer get them she would retire. When I first started dancing one could buy double faced satin ribbons - but not for a long time now.<P>She also had some very peculiar tastes in food. There were many foods she just wouldn't eat. She, apparently, really hated eggs. <P>The autobiography that she wrote is very interesting. There are also many interesting things about her in Diane Solway's really engrossing bio on Nureyev. A fantastic amount of research went into that. I would like to see a definitive (if such a thing is possible) bio of Fonteyn. It would be a great companion book to her autobiography.<P>It was quite a story of her and her husband and what happened to them - would make a great ballet actually. Who would dance Fonteyn? Hey that's a great idea for a new thread.<P>Who would dance Fonteyn in a ballet about her life?


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I've not met any famous dance people but I have been to a garden party at Dame Judi Dench and her husband Michael Williams house, (they are both famous British actors). I have also met Philip Schofield who played Joseph in the West End for a time, also Cliff Richard. However i have an advantage, my Dad has for many years worked as a Costume Designer in TV - he once worked with Robert Wagner and briefly met Natalie Wood!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2000 3:36 pm 
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hi joanne! i really appreciated natlie wood, and found her death so sad.<P>princess grace, natalie wood, audrey hepburn, and then, so dreadfully, princess diana's death, were all shocking losses to my 'personal' world, leaving it a less interesting (and less attractive) place. audrey hepburn's, less so, because it was due to illness, but the others were striking blows...<P>basheva, i never saw beriosova dance. and i've never seen a pair of silk tights!<P>there is a more recent biography of fonteyn, which IS somewhat more revealing than previous words in print. <P>alastair macauley wrote "Margot Fonteyn", in the Pocket Biographies series, which is available very cheaply as a paperback, from dancebooks. that was last year, i think. i recommend it as a very easy read, rather than anything in-depth, but it does add to the general store of knowledge about her, in at least one area, being her early relationship with constant lambert.<P>i think you'd enjoy it, basheva.

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Grace - I KNOW it would enjoy any book about Fonteyn. But I would really like to see a definitive book about her - it's kind of about time.<P>Audrey Hepburn was such a singular beauty - no one quite like her. I remember Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause - yes, I am THAT old. Another woman who seems to be eternally beautiful is Sophia Loren. She lives in Santa Barbara I have been told - and that isn't very far from me - I have been on vacation there several times. <P>I am still trying to think about who could dance Fonteyn if there were a movie about her? I am not sure there is anyone dancing today with that special splash of sweetness in her dancing.


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I believe a definitive biography of Fonteyn is being written, but not due until next year, or even 2002. The Alastair Macaulay one is good, but very short.<P>I'd thought her life would make a very good ballet. You could have some good Panamanian carnival scenes - nice costumes - and Rudolf would come into it. Both Constant Lambert and Tito Arias would be hard to cast, as they were both fat, but Fonteyn would be impossible to cast. No-one could possibly measure up. It would make a good film, too.


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