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(2 February 1920 - 24 September 2003)
LlorenÁ Esteve (author of a great book about P&P in Spanish) has just told me that he's just heard that Rosita Segovia died of cancer on 24th September.
Rosita was one of the leading dancers in Antonio's Spanish troupe and played Antonio's shrewish wife in Luna de Miel (1959). She acted well and showed how well she could dance in the ballet El Amor Brujo.
As well as the film, she was a leading part of the world tour(s) undertaken by Antonio and his troupe.
Rosita went on to work as a choreographer and dance teacher and was overjoyed when she saw the restored print of Luna de Miel in San Sebastian last year. She was genuinely thrilled to see all her old friends at their peak. Afterwards, Natacha & I took Rosita & Ian Christie out for lunch and she told us lots of stories about the fun times they had making the film, especially when Antonio & Léonard Massine got together:)
Natacha, Rosita & Ian
Steve, Rosita & Ian
Ian Christie adds:
How sad. She was indeed so full of life; and I was reminded when looking through various bits of P&P coverage just at the weekend, preparing my last Film School session. We do have some nice material of her speaking at San Sebastian, plus some good photos with Jack.
As you say, a real trouper, and great that she had some public recognition in Spain just in time.
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