Tallchief was indissolubly linked with some of George Balanchine's most important works. The critic Francis Mason wrote: "Balanchine always wanted to do it his way. I believe that the dancer who helped him most to do it his way, the dancer who with him established the reputation of the young New York City Ballet and led the public to appreciate his ballets, is Maria Tallchief."
Obituary in The Telegraph.
In the late 1980s Maria Tallchief’s husband was accused of fraud by his sister, a fellow shareholder in the Paschen firm, one of Chicago’s major construction companies, and lawsuits continued for the next 10 years. The luxury of Maria Tallchief’s lifestyle with Paschen was found to be partly dependent on false accounting, and in 1999 her septuagenarian husband was jailed for two years for tax evasion. He died in 2004.