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Submitted by Jeremy Arnold

Obituary: Ludmila Tcherina
French ballerina and choreographer
March 23, 2004

French ballerina and choreographer Ludmila Tcherina, star of Oscar-winning film "The Red Shoes" and Oscar-nommed pic "The Tales of Hoffmann," died March 21 of undisclosed causes. She was 79.

She starred in 22 films, published two novels, was an accomplished painter-sculptor and created her own ballet company in 1958.

Born in Paris to a Russian prince and a French mother, she became at age 15 reputedly the youngest prima ballerina in dance history under the stage name Tcherzina, performing with the Grand Ballets of Monte Carlo in prestigious venues worldwide, including the Paris Opera, Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and La Scala in Milan.

She reached an even wider audience in her film and TV work, including "The Red Shoes" and "Fandango" (both 1948), "Tales of Hoffmann" and "Parsifal" (both 1951), "Salome" (1973) and "The Passion of Anna Karenina" (1975).

In 1970, near the end of a decades-long career, she dazzled Paris auds with her performance in "Jeanne au Bucher" (Joan of Arc at the Stake).

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin praised her as "an essential figure of French art in the 20th century."

Survivor info was not available.

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