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Rudolf Nureyev

1938 - 1993

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Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer. Nureyev is regarded by some as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.Nureyev was born on a Trans-Siberian train near Irkutsk, Siberia, Soviet Union, to a Tatar family. He began his early career with the company that in the Soviet era was called the Kirov Ballet (now called by its original name, the Mariinsky Ballet) in Leningrad. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudolf Nureyev has received more than 4,406,701 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Rudolf Nureyev is the 4th most popular dancer (down from 3rd in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Russia (down from 49th in 2019) and the most popular Russian Dancer.

Rudolf Nureyev was a Russian ballet dancer who defected to the west in 1961. He was most famous for his performances with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Ballet.

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Among dancers, Rudolf Nureyev ranks 4 out of 76Before him are Mata Hari, Isadora Duncan, and Josephine Baker. After him are Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Pina Bausch, Marius Petipa, Bobby Farrell, Margot Fonteyn, Maurice Béjart, and Maya Plisetskaya.

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Among people born in 1938, Rudolf Nureyev ranks 8Before him are Romy Schneider, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Beatrix of the Netherlands, Claudia Cardinale, Adriano Celentano, and Jon Voight. After him are Queen Sofía of Spain, Leonid Kuchma, Nico, Islam Karimov, Farah Pahlavi, and Joe Dassin. Among people deceased in 1993, Rudolf Nureyev ranks 4Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, and Federico Fellini. After him are Erich Hartmann, Frank Zappa, James Hunt, Baudouin of Belgium, William Golding, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Turgut Özal, and Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Rudolf Nureyev ranks 69 out of 3,262Before him are Ivan Turgenev (1818), Peter II of Russia (1715), Anna of Russia (1693), Dmitry Medvedev (1965), Georgy Malenkov (1902), and Peter Kropotkin (1842). After him are Frederick I of Prussia (1657), Peter Carl Fabergé (1846), Alexander Nevsky (1220), Yaroslav the Wise (978), Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861), and Andrei Sakharov (1921).

Among DANCERS In Russia

Among dancers born in Russia, Rudolf Nureyev ranks 1After him are Anna Pavlova (1881), Maya Plisetskaya (1925), Michel Fokine (1880), George Balanchine (1904), Galina Ulanova (1910), Tamara Karsavina (1885), Agrippina Vaganova (1879), Lev Ivanov (1834), Alexander Godunov (1949), Léonide Massine (1896), and Lydia Lopokova (1892).