Martha Graham

1894 - 1991

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Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer, whose style, the Graham technique, reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.Graham danced and taught for over seventy years. She was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan's Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martha Graham has received more than 1,668,016 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Martha Graham is the 16th most popular dancer (down from 14th in 2019), the 988th most popular biography from United States (down from 635th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Dancer.

Martha Graham is most famous for being a pioneer of modern dance. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1894 and died in New York City in 1991. She was the first dancer to perform at the White House and the first dancer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Over the past year Martha Graham has had the most page views in the with 188,506 views, followed by Spanish (35,149), and Portuguese (16,120). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Lithuanian (100.00%), Azerbaijani (92.14%), and Occitan (82.80%)


Among dancers, Martha Graham ranks 16 out of 116Before her are Marie Taglioni, Maurice Béjart, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Maya Plisetskaya, and Jean-Georges Noverre. After her are Michel Fokine, Tamara Karsavina, Galina Ulanova, George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Alonso.

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Among people born in 1894, Martha Graham ranks 38Before her are Arthur Nebe, Kōnosuke Matsushita, Wilhelm Bittrich, Karl Böhm, Nazli Sabri, and Dashiell Hammett. After her are Alexander Dovzhenko, Josef von Sternberg, Sergey Ilyushin, Paul Blobel, Elisabeth of Romania, and Norman Rockwell. Among people deceased in 1991, Martha Graham ranks 34Before her are Natalia Ginzburg, Max Frisch, Gunnar Gren, Ragnar Granit, Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, and Jean Tinguely. After her are Claudio Arrau, Wilhelm Kempff, Stan Getz, Leo Fender, Don Siegel, and Gino Colaussi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martha Graham ranks 988 out of 20,380Before her are Queen Noor of Jordan (1951), Tippi Hedren (1930), Harry Markowitz (1927), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Matt Groening (1954), and Nat Turner (1800). After her are Éamon de Valera (1882), James Tobin (1918), Frances Marion (1888), Grant Wood (1891), Dennis Tito (1940), and Mel Ferrer (1917).

Among DANCERS In United States

Among dancers born in United States, Martha Graham ranks 3Before her are Isadora Duncan (1877), and Josephine Baker (1906). After her are Maria Tallchief (1925), Merce Cunningham (1919), William Forsythe (1949), Alvin Ailey (1931), John Neumeier (1939), Doris Humphrey (1895), Adam Darius (1930), Yvonne Rainer (1934), and Katherine Dunham (1909).