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 1,382,570 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Martha Graham is the 12th most popular dancer (up from 14th in 2019), the 577th most popular biography from United States (up from 694th 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 12 out of 75Before her are Pina Bausch, Vaslav Nijinsky, Marius Petipa, Maurice Béjart, Maya Plisetskaya, and Margot Fonteyn. After her are Marie Taglioni, Bobby Farrell, Jean-Georges Noverre, Michel Fokine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Galina Ulanova.

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Among people born in 1894, Martha Graham ranks 22Before her are Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Kinsey, Gala Dalí, Moshe Sharett, Dietrich von Choltitz, and Isaac Babel. After her are Benjamin Graham, Hermann Oberth, Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Nebe, Pyotr Kapitsa, and Kiichiro Toyoda. Among people deceased in 1991, Martha Graham ranks 22Before her are Soichiro Honda, Frank Capra, John Bardeen, Michael Landon, Lazar Kaganovich, and Margot Fonteyn. After her are David Lean, Marcel Lefebvre, Max Frisch, Oona O'Neill, Rajiv Gandhi, and Henri Lefebvre.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martha Graham ranks 577 out of 15,968Before her are Willem Dafoe (1955), Nancy Reagan (1921), Harriet Tubman (1820), William Hanna (1910), Rod Steiger (1925), and Carrie Fisher (1956). After her are Nancy Sinatra (1940), Bing Crosby (1903), Ruth Benedict (1887), Albert Ellis (1913), Percy Williams Bridgman (1882), and Les Paul (1915).

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), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), Adam Darius (1930), Frankie Manning (1914), Katherine Dunham (1909), Twyla Tharp (1941), Melody Thornton (1984), and Rozonda Thomas (1971).