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Fri April 12, 2013

Oklahoma Ballerina Maria Tallchief Has Died

One of Oklahoma's most famous Native American ballerinas has died in New York at the age of 88. Maria Tallchief was born near Fairfax, Okla. in 1925.
CHICAGO -- Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," "Firebird," and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter Elise Paschen said Friday.