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Martha Graham

1894 - 1991

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Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martha Graham has received more than 1,490,900 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia. Martha Graham is the 14th most popular dancer (down from 12th in 2019), the 635th most popular biography from United States (down from 577th 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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Among dancers, Martha Graham ranks 14 out of 76Before her are Marius Petipa, Bobby Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Maurice Béjart, Maya Plisetskaya, and Marie Taglioni. After her are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jean-Georges Noverre, Michel Fokine, George Balanchine, Galina Ulanova, and Alicia Alonso.

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Among people born in 1894, Martha Graham ranks 23Before her are Dietrich von Choltitz, Gala Dalí, Benjamin Graham, Alfred Kinsey, Isaac Babel, and Moshe Sharett. After her are Hermann Oberth, Pyotr Kapitsa, Dashiell Hammett, Kiichiro Toyoda, Wilhelm Bittrich, and Alexander Oparin. Among people deceased in 1991, Martha Graham ranks 24Before her are Lazar Kaganovich, Frank Capra, Margot Fonteyn, David Lean, Marcel Lefebvre, and Michael Landon. After her are Rajiv Gandhi, Max Frisch, Ragnar Granit, Oona O'Neill, Gene Tierney, and Natalia Ginzburg.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martha Graham ranks 635 out of 18,182Before her are Thomas Wolfe (1900), Raquel Welch (1940), Talia Shire (1946), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), John Browning (1855), and Michael Crichton (1942). After her are Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Edgar Cayce (1877), Jimmy Wales (1966), Martin Lewis Perl (1927), Martin Cooper (1928), and Hulk Hogan (1953).

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 Merce Cunningham (1919), William Forsythe (1949), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), Adam Darius (1930), Katherine Dunham (1909), Frankie Manning (1914), Twyla Tharp (1941), and Agnes de Mille (1905).