Tuesday, September 12, 2006

prima ballerina assoluta....

Dame Margot Fonteyn, DBE, (18 May 1919 - 21 February 1991), the British assoluta was considered the world's greatest ballerina of her time.

"...Fonteyn had a long relationship during the 1940s with composer Constant Lambert (He was at the centre of a brilliant literary and intellectual circle including Michael Ayrton, Sacheverell Sitwell and Anthony Powell, and despite Powell's denial, he is clearly the prototype of the character Hugh Moreland in Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time)but this did not lead to marriage. In 1955 Fonteyn married Roberto Arias, a Panamanian diplomat. Margot was arrested when her husband attempted a coup of the Panamanian government. Their marriage was rocky due to his infidelities, but in 1965 he was shot by a rival Panamanian politician..."