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Born: June 29, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: dancer, choreographer, actor

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The daughter of dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Leslie Browne followed in her parents' footsteps, performing first with the New York City Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1976. Soon after, the petite, attractive brunette made her feature debut as Shirley MacLaine's daughter embarking on a dancing career in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Although she would appear in two more films directed by Ross, "Nijinsky" (1980, as a worshipful Hungarian aristocrat who marries the titular dancer despite his homosexuality) and "Dancers" (1987, reteaming with Mikhail Baryshnikov from "The Turning Point"), Browne proved too lightweight a performer. She was clearly miscast in the former while the latter stressed what she did best--dance. She has appeared on the small screen as a dancer in PBS presentations like "American Ballet Theatre" (1978), "Ballanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at American Ballet Theatre" (1988), "Baryshnikov Dances Ballanchine with American Ballet Theatre" (1989) and "A Tudor Evening with American Ballet Theatre" (1990). In 1993, Browne made her Broadway musical debut as the prima...

The daughter of dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Leslie Browne followed in her parents' footsteps, performing first with the New York City Ballet before joining the American Ballet Theatre as a soloist in 1976. Soon after, the petite, attractive brunette made her feature debut as Shirley MacLaine's daughter embarking on a dancing career in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point" (1977), earning an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Although she would appear in two more films directed by Ross, "Nijinsky" (1980, as a worshipful Hungarian aristocrat who marries the titular dancer despite his homosexuality) and "Dancers" (1987, reteaming with Mikhail Baryshnikov from "The Turning Point"), Browne proved too lightweight a performer. She was clearly miscast in the former while the latter stressed what she did best--dance. She has appeared on the small screen as a dancer in PBS presentations like "American Ballet Theatre" (1978), "Ballanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at American Ballet Theatre" (1988), "Baryshnikov Dances Ballanchine with American Ballet Theatre" (1989) and "A Tudor Evening with American Ballet Theatre" (1990). In 1993, Browne made her Broadway musical debut as the prima ballerina in the ill-fated stage adaptation of "The Red Shoes" (which teamed her with "Nijinsky" co-star George de la Pena). More recently, she has divided her time between performing and choreographing works for up-and-coming dancers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dancers (1987) Nadine
2.
 Nijinsky (1980) Romola Depulsky
3.
 Turning Point, The (1977) Emilia Rogers
5.
 Tudor Evening With American Ballet Theatre, A (1990) 2nd Song ("Dark Elegies"); Caroline, The Bride-To-Be ("Jardin Aux Lilas")
9.
 American Ballet Theatre (1978) Dancer
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Raised in Phoenix, Arizona
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Moved to NYC at the age of 16 to study ballet
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Performed with New York City Ballet for a year and a half
1976:
Joined American Ballet Theatre as a soloist
1977:
Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her film debut as Shirley MacLaine's daughter in Herbert Ross' "The Turning Point"
1980:
Portrayed Romola de Pulsky, the dancer's wife, in Ross' biopic "Nijinsky"
1986:
Appointed a principal dancer at ABT
1987:
Third picture with Ross, "Dancers"
1993:
Had featured role as the prima ballerina in the ill-fated stage musical "The Red Shoes", directed by Stanley Donen
1997:
Danced in "The Nutcracker" in Hawaii
1999:
Returned to the NYC stage in Off-Broadway production of "Train Stories"
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Education

Phoenix School of Ballet: Phoenix , Arizona -
School of American Ballet: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -
New York City Ballet School: New York , New York -

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father:
Kelly Browne. Dancer. Danced with the American Ballet Theatre.
mother:
Isabel Browne. Dancer. Danced with the American Ballet Theatre.

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