<I>Heidi Guenther is far right (1996). i 'imagine' this is how she would like to be remembered...</I><P>as is no doubt apparent from my above posts, i am not keen on airing these people's private pain, but for the record pass on the following link:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/guen09222000.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/arts_culture/guen09222000.htm</A> <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The suit claims that in 1995, when Guenther was an apprentice<BR> dancer, ``Ms. Holmes showed her a copy of a contract by which Ms.<BR> Guenther would join the Corps de Ballet. However, after showing Ms.<BR> Guenther the contract, Ms. Holmes informed her that the Ballet would<BR> not offer her the contract until she lost weight.''<P> ``Heidi called me from a phone booth just crying, saying that this is<BR> what (Holmes) did to her,'' Harrington, 50, said yesterday.<P> Guenther did lose the weight and, a year later, the contract was<BR> signed. But the damage had been done. In the interim, the suit<BR> states, ``Ms. Guenther began skipping meals, purging, ingesting<BR> laxatives, and smoking cigarettes all in an effort to lose additional<BR> weight.''<P> Harrington said suddenly telling Guenther just a few months before<BR> her death that she'd lost too much weight was too little, too late<BR> after two years of constant criticism for just the opposite.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>one thing i will say, although it would probably be better in another thread in THE STUDIO perhaps, is that i have personally been below this weight at this height, due to excessive dieting, for the same aesthetic reasons, and a story like this makes you aware of how vulnerable we all are - especially at that age, you have no way of knowing what other predisposing factors there may be in your genetic make-up that, combined with the usual dancer's scenario, may cause an unexpected death. <P>definitely a cautionary tale for young dancers, although it is so very hard to get ambitious passionate young people to hear warnings.