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Margot Fonteyn

1919 - 1991

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Dame Margaret Evelyn de Arias DBE (née Hookham; 18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991), known by the stage name Margot Fonteyn, was an English ballerina. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet (formerly the Sadler's Wells Theatre Company), eventually being appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II. Beginning ballet lessons at the age of four, she studied in England and China, where her father was transferred for his work. Her training in Shanghai was with Russian expatriate dancer Georgy Goncharov, contributing to her continuing interest in Russian ballet. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margot Fonteyn has received more than 1,366,839 page views. Her biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Margot Fonteyn is the 10th most popular dancer (up from 11th in 2019), the 392nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 415th in 2019) and the most popular British Dancer.

Margot Fonteyn was a ballerina who was born in London, England. She is most famous for her work with the Royal Ballet.

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Among dancers, Margot Fonteyn ranks 10 out of 76Before her are Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Pina Bausch, Marius Petipa, and Bobby Farrell. After her are Maurice Béjart, Maya Plisetskaya, Marie Taglioni, Martha Graham, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jean-Georges Noverre.

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Among people born in 1919, Margot Fonteyn ranks 11Before her are Edmund Hillary, Doris Lessing, Desmond Doss, Primo Levi, Zhao Ziyang, and Giulio Andreotti. After her are Lino Ventura, Georgios Papadopoulos, Nat King Cole, Choi Kyu-hah, Donald Pleasence, and Kim Jong-suk. Among people deceased in 1991, Margot Fonteyn ranks 20Before her are Carl David Anderson, Gustáv Husák, John Bardeen, Soichiro Honda, Lazar Kaganovich, and Frank Capra. After her are David Lean, Marcel Lefebvre, Michael Landon, Martha Graham, Rajiv Gandhi, and Max Frisch.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Margot Fonteyn ranks 392 out of 7,765Before her are Mary Read (1695), Thomas Cook (1808), John le Carré (1931), Beatrix Potter (1866), Saint Boniface (680), and Christian de Duve (1917). After her are John Wesley (1703), Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), J. M. Barrie (1860), Ian Holm (1931), Fred Hoyle (1915), and Frank Whittle (1907).

Among DANCERS In United Kingdom

Among dancers born in United Kingdom, Margot Fonteyn ranks 1After her are Lindsay Kemp (1938), Alicia Markova (1910), Kenneth MacMillan (1929), Antony Tudor (1908), and Darcey Bussell (1969).