America's Prima Ballerina
Publication Date: April 1997
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A fascinating self-portrait of the fairy-tale life of a woman who understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her.
"Maria Tallchief and American ballet came of age in the same moment.... Her story will always be the story of ballet conquering America. It was and is an American romance."-Arlene Croce, The New Yorker
Maria Tallchief received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1996. She divides her time between Chicago and Florida.
Larry Kaplan writes frequently for Ballet Review and has assisted in biographies of Merrill Ashley and Edward Villella. He lives in New York City.
"An engagingly straightforward account of a singular life."-San Francisco Chronicle
"Ms. Tallchief measures up to the vibrant grandeur that she achieved onstage as a dancer who truly was prima ballerina to the nation. "- The New York Times