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ISBN: 0670843709
Author: Meredith Daneman
Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult (October 21, 2004)
Pages: 672
Category: Performing Arts
Subcategory: Art
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 272
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A complete portrait of the celebrated British ballerina's life traces her childhood in suburban England.

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Daneman’s Margot Fonteyn has captured what few know: the heartbreak behind the heroine. the definitive book on this icon.

Margaret Evelyn de Arias DBE, born Margaret Evelyn Hookham, known by the stage name Margot Fonteyn, (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991) was an English ballerina

Margaret Evelyn de Arias DBE, born Margaret Evelyn Hookham, known by the stage name Margot Fonteyn, (18 May 1919 – 21 February 1991) was an English ballerina. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet (formerly the Sadler's Wells Theatre Company), eventually being appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II. Beginning ballet lessons at the age of four, she studied in England and China, where her father was transferred for his work

Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) earned her title of prima ballerina assoluta with her elegant presence, exquisite musicality and eloquent line.

She saw Fonteyn dance many times. Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) earned her title of prima ballerina assoluta with her elegant presence, exquisite musicality and eloquent line. She was Frederick Ashton's muse, Rudolf Nureyev's partner and, for more than 40 years, the ideal of the English ballet style. As Daneman relates in this admiring and compulsively readable biography, well before forging her partnership with Nureyev, Fonteyn was a star, Britain's "Queen of Ballet.

The legend of Margot Fonteyn has touched every ballet dancer who has come after her, and her genius endures in. .Yet until now, the complete story of her life has remained untold.

The legend of Margot Fonteyn has touched every ballet dancer who has come after her, and her genius endures in the memory of anyone who saw her dance.

Margot Fonteyn - born plain Peggy Hookham - was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert

Margot Fonteyn - born plain Peggy Hookham - was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert. Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot's sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward.

Her fascinating book proves how persistent she was, and how she won the trust of those who knew the much-loved ballerina best. The difficulty we both found was that Fonteyn's generation (she was born in 1919) did not believe in airing any kind of linen in public. In their view, the world had no need to know about a performer's private life. Dancers, when they talked at all, did not discuss their aches and pains, abortions, affairs, plastic surgery and eating habits.

Daneman herself is a joyous romantic.

Daneman's book is musical too, moving from andante to allegro to the final adagio, and bringing on the ballerina with her key partners - her mother, Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev, her husband. Daneman herself is a joyous romantic.

Margot Fonteyn - born plain Peggy Hookham - was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet .

Margot Fonteyn - born plain Peggy Hookham - was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert.

A complete portrait of the celebrated British ballerina's life traces her childhood in suburban England, relationships with Frederick Ashton and Rudolf Nureyev, achievements with the Sadler's Wells Ballet, and definitive years at the side of Aristotle Onassis and others. 40,000 first printing.

Comments:

Ricep
This long, detailed biography provides a real understanding of this transcendent dancer. If it is not the total picture, it is hard to think what facets of her life and character are missing.

Eventually I began to skip a few pages here and there, especially when the author became fixated on Margot's sex life. Surprisingly, when Rudolf Nureyev enters the picture, we are encouraged to ruminate on the possibility that Margot might participate in and enjoy trysts with a homosexual. I think that is a bit excessive.

Margot's life was filled to overflowing with peerless artistry and triumphs. Her greatest sorrow seems to have been the terrible fate of her husband, crippled in an attempted assassination.

The description of her gravesite in a cemetery bordering on tin shacks in Panama City is moving beyond words. Near her husband, to whom so much of her life and devotion had been dedicated, she lies with the simplest possible inscription on her gravestone: Margot Fonteyn de Arias. But that name will be glorious forever.

For those who have a real interest in the history of the Royal Ballet, this book will answer many questions. It covers unsparingly, for instance, the blighted careers of those dancers frozen out by Margot's brilliance and by her position as the great favorite of Ninette de Valois, the managing director.

It also describes in detail the demoralization of the company, especially of the male dancers, during the years of Nureyev's ascendancy. He instantly became the favorite of management and entrepreneurs, and his triumphant partnership with Fonteyn left little room for other, lesser luminaries to share the glory.

The author's picture of Nureyev is not kind. He was not a kind man, and his treatment of Fonteyn was sometimes brutal.
Winail
Who could look at the face in the photo on the cover of this book, and not fall in love with the one behind that image? What beauty. Of course, I am speaking from a man's point of view. By reading this book, one finds that a lot of men fell in love with Peggy Hookem....er....that is Margret Fontes....er....no wait, old Uncle Manoel Fontes couldn't have his family name dishonered by association with a "theatre" personage. What shortsightedness. So the name, so famous today, came out of the telephone book. The name "Fontene", which sounded British, was chosen with a minor change in spelling. The name Margot Fonteyn was born.

Yes, lots of men fell in love with her, but she like so many women had a hard time choosing the right man, and many of those she chose used her only for her beautiful flesh. Eventually, she found one whom she thought she loved, devoted her remaining life to, and even he was not worthy of her. His name was Tito Arias, a Panamanian, lawyer, politician, ambassador, divorcee, husband, revolutionary, gun runner, traitor (some would say), philanderer, and God knows what else. He even got Margot involved, arrested (and deported from Panama) in some of his schemes. Yet she loved him with all of her being, but she wouldn't give up her love for the ballet even for him. It's a good thing for him that she did not give up the ballet, because it was her money that supported him after he became a paraplegic in an assassination attempt.

Things were brought out in this biography that Margot would not have wanted known. Things of a personal nature about her intimacies with men who could not keep them private. Some are pure conjecture and some may be true, but Margot did not mention any such happenings in her own autobiography, so it is too bad they had to be brought out after she died. Yes, too bad.

She was not the oldest ballerina to ever dance on stage, but because of her indomitable will, reinvigerated by Rudolph Nureyev, she was able dance far longer than most ballerinas. Life returned her to the ages when she was 72, taken away by cancer, respector of no human being. Read this book about the remarkable, muse of the Royal Ballet.......Richard.
Netlandinhabitant
Really enjoying this very nice book...in near perfect condition. Thank you'
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White gold
This book was wonderful! Such work went into it! Meredith Daneman did GREAT research ,and it was all documented. She took many years to do the research for this book, and I really appreciate it very, very much. I'd like to write to her but do not have an address...do you?

BTW, I hear that a brand new book entitled MY MARGOT by Ken Ludden. do you have this one as I would like very much to read it.

Thanks!
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Braendo
I was iniciated ten years ago by the two daugthers of my wife, who have practiced ballet all their lives, in the knowlege of ballet. Before I just did not understand it, and even today know little about it. This biography, however, is beautifully written, very well researched, with a great sensitivity and it has been beautiful for me to know from the inside this life of "the most famous ballerina of the world", a life very different from a point of view and at the same time so near to our own lives.

My life has been enhanced after this lecture. Now I understand a thousand times better ballet and I love it. Thanks to Meredith Daneman for her great work.
Ventelone
Even for a dedicated balletomane like me, this book seemed a bit long. That said, it was obviously well researched and written.
This is the book I've been waiting for, All about Margot, Saw the movie , now read the book! Just started to read, but looks like the real deal. Recommended to anyone who loves ballet, and Margot Fonteyn. 5 stars.

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