January 24, 2022By Christine Pasalo Norland

Maria Tallchief

The late prima ballerina and Osage member Maria Tallchief was born on January 25, 1925. Her life and career included turns with the Ballet Russe, the Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the founding of the Chicago City Ballet with her younger sister, ballerina Marjorie Tallchief.

Watch Maria Tallchief perform as the Swan Queen in the video below, which was originally telecast in 1954.

Learn more about Tallchief from our January 2022 Word Search, which is free to download.


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