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Shaun O達rien (1925-2012)Obituary


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#1 Neryssa

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:15 AM

[size=4][font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]I was sad to read this in the NYTimes this morning:[/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]http://www.nytimes.c...?ref=obituaries[/font]

[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]I interviewed Mr. O'Brien a number of years ago and he was delightful.[/font]

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#2 Helene

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 08:20 AM

That is very sad news. Rest in peace, Mr. O'Brien.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:13 AM

Oh dear, my heart just sank when I saw the topic heading.

But I love this comment from the NYT obituary:

"Mr. O’Brien, who is informally believed to hold at least the American record for career Drosselmeyers"

Perhaps that might be the key to increasing the popularity of dance in America -- pseudo-sports statistics.

#4 Neryssa

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

86 years old is a good age, a long life, fully lived, I imagine. He was very articulate, witty and lively during his interview with me.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:58 AM

86 years old is a good age, a long life, fully lived, I imagine. He was very articulate, witty and lively during his interview with me.

Thanks nice to read, Neryssa. Has the interview been published? I'd love to read it.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:03 PM

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86 years old is a good age, a long life, fully lived, I imagine. He was very articulate, witty and lively during his interview with me.

Thanks nice to read, Neryssa. Has the interview been published? I'd love to read it.

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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][size=3]I am sorry, kfw. It was actually an interview with him about one of his colleagues in the New York City Ballet during the 1950s. I am collecting interviews for a book (perhaps).[/size][/font]

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:05 PM

Thanks, Mr. O'Brien, for the memories ...

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:05 AM

My favorite Drosselmeyer! He was magical. RIP.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:10 AM

And his longtime partner, Cris Alexander, died just two weeks later:

http://www.timesunio...der-3425479.php

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:52 AM

Thanks for the link, Peg. From acting on Broadway to photographing Mother Teresa - what a life. I'm struck by this quote:

"I must say, I have been very close to some of the most wonderful people who ever have lived in our time," Alexander said in 1995 interview for "Show Music" magazine. He continued, "Our life is just the greatest life imaginable."


He's sounds like a grateful man, a wonderful thing to see.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

undated publicity photo of O'Brien as "Léandre, Wealthy Suitor to Columbine" in Balanchine's HARLEQUINADE - a role O'Brien originated in the 1965 ballet.
no photo credit - the costume is Rouben Ter-Arutunian's.

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