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Also Known As: Died: May 29, 1996
Born: March 22, 1919 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Russia Profession: ballet dancer, actor

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2.
 Torn Curtain (1966) Ballerina
3.
 Invitation to the Dance (1956) The girl on the stairs, "Ring Around the Rosy"
4.
 Deep in My Heart (1954) Gaby Deslys
5.
 Tonight We Sing (1953) Anna Pavlova
6.
 Days of Glory (1944) Nina
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1929:
Danced first principle role with the Paris Opera Ballet
1932:
Joined choreographer George Balanchine's Ballet's Russes de Monte Carlo
1939:
Starred in Broadway musical "Stars in Your Eyes"
1943:
Film debut, "Spanish Fiesta", with the Massine-Denham Ballet Russe Company
1944:
First major film role in "Days of Glory", opposite Gregory Peck
1953:
Played the role of Anna Pavlova in "Tonight We Sing", a film based on the life of Sol Hurok
1954:
Appeared in "Doom In My Heart"
1956:
Appeared in "Invitation to the Dance", starring Gene Kelly
1966:
Appeared in Alfrd Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain"
1970:
Last screen credit in Billy Wilder's "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" playing the role of Petrova
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husband:
Casey Robinson. Producer. Divorced.

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Tony Scott ( 2006-03-13 )

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Tamara became known as ‘The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet.’ She was born on a train while her mother was fleeing Russia in search of her husband. They lived in refugee camps in Russia, Shanghai and Cairo before settling in Paris. Toumanova studied ballet in Paris in 1924 and became a professional ballerina. She performed with a number of troupes and in 1932 joined George Balanchine's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and went on performing in ballets for the next 40 years. She made her Broadway debut in 1939 and her film debut in 1943's "Days of Glory," opposite Gregory Peck, also making his film debut.

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