Ballerinas/danseurs who met tragic ends in real life
Posted 10 December 2011 - 08:04 AM
I do remember, as a child in the 1950s, that parents were delighted when we caught the measles, as that was the only way to prevent getting it as an adult, which can be much more serious. A vaccine did not become available until 1957. (We had the same situation with the mumps and chicken pox: better to catch it as a child and develop immunity.) I have no idea when the vaccine became available in the Soviet Union, but wouldn't be surprised if it was much later than in the West.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 09:46 PM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:31 AM
Posted 11 December 2011 - 05:17 PM
Since the topic has been raised, I note that given the dreadful toll that of hospitalization, disability, and death commanded by diseases such as the measles in the past, we should be most grateful for vaccines and the benefits they provide for all - not least those who go unvaccinated as "free riders," relying on the fact that others will get vaccinations and so spare them from the chance of falling ill. In California we recently had a measles outbreak attributed in part to the declining vaccination rate. Fortunately most parents are still getting their children vaccinated.
Posted 11 December 2011 - 11:47 PM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 01:38 PM
Since we're wondering, I take Mme. Hermine's supposition seriously.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:10 PM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:12 AM
Another former dancer to die tragically was Alan Hooper, one of my pas de deux partners at the RBS. (I was always partnered with him and Wayne Sleep, because I was short enough for them!) After his performing career was over he became the Artistic Director of the RAD - an excellent one too. On a visit to Australia for the RAD, I believe that he fell out of a window from a skyscraper.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:45 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 04:43 AM
I believe you meant "Tamara Geva" and not Vera Zorina. Zorina was wife #3, Geva was #1.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 08:04 PM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:28 AM
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