Tamara Toumanova (1919–1996)


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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... See full bio »

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Torn Curtain Ballerina
(1966)
(1944)
Tonight We Sing Anna Pavlova
(1953)

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 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Madame Petrova
 1966 Torn Curtain
Ballerina
 1964 Phädra (TV Movie)
Phädra
 1956 Invitation to the Dance
The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Gaby Deslys
 1953 Tonight We Sing
Anna Pavlova
 1944 Days of Glory
Nina (as Toumanova)
 1942 Spanish Fiesta (Short)
Gypsy Fortune Teller
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 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary) (performer: "The Adam Ballet")
 1956 Invitation to the Dance (performer: "Ring Around The Rosy")
 1954 Deep in My Heart (performer: "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise", "'Allo, 'Allo")
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 1985 That's Dancing! (Documentary)
Archival footage from 'Tonight We Sing'
 1970 Billy Wilder (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
 1958 Music for You (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #6.5 (1958) ... Herself
- Episode #6.1 (1958) ... Herself
 1956 The Wedding in Monaco (Documentary short)
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(7/2/34) Stage: Performed in the ballet, "Les Sylphides," "Petrouchka," and "Le Tricorne," in a Ballets Russes Du Col. W. De Basil at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England, with Irina Baronova, Andre Eglevsky, Tatiana Riabouchinska, Nathalie Branitska, Nina Lausmanová, Alexandra Danilova and Léonide Massine in... See more »

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She returned to to the screen with this performance after a 12 year absence and in addition to her dramatic performance performs a brief ballet of Tchaikovsk's 'Francesca' by Rimini. See more »

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