De Mille, Agnes

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Birth 1905-09-18
Death 1993-10-07

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American dancer and choreographer.

From the description of An oral history interview with Agnes de Mille / conducted by Peggy Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, 1991 Aug. 9 : recording and transcript. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison). WorldCat record id: 122537807

Agnes de Mille (b. 1909-d. 1993) was an American choreographer, dancer, and author.

From the description of Papers, 1918-1972. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122580566

American dancer, choreographer, and author.

From the description of Collection, ca. 1914-1984. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517365

De Mille was born in 1908 or 1905 in New York City, NY; AB, UC Berkeley; studied dancing in London with Theodore Koslov, Marie Rambert, and Anthony Tudor; in 1928 appeared as a dancer in the Grand street follies, creating the choreography for a revival of the Black crook in Hoboken the following year; danced and choreographed in London before returning to NY to develop the dances for Hooray for what! (1937) and Swingin' the dream (1939); became known for popularizing modern ballet styles in musical theater; choreographed Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), Brigadoon (1947), Gentlemen prefer blondes (1949), Paint your wagon (1951), and Come summer (1969); published works include Dance to the piper (1952), And promenade home (1957), Speak to me; dance with me (1973), and Martha : the life and work of Martha Graham (c1991).

From the description of Papers, ca. 1990-1991. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40160599

Dancer, Choreographer; Author. Born, New York City, 1905; Died 1993.

From the description of Papers 1908-1993. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 46315920

American dancer, choreographer, and writer b. 1905, d. Oct. 7, 1993.

From the description of Correspondence and writings, 1871-1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122519441

American choreographer.

From the description of Typewritten letter signed, dated : New York, 26 March 1979, to Robert Jackson, 1979 Mar. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874453

American dancer, choreographer, director, and writer Agnes (George) de Mille was born in New York City in 1905.

She was the daughter of playwright William Churchill de Mille and Anna George. In 1914 the family moved to Los Angeles, where de Mille was inspired to become a dancer. She began taking lessons at the studios of Theodore Koslov, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a degree in English. In 1932, de Mille moved to London, where she received extensive dance training at Madame Marie Rambert's Ballet Club. Throughout the 1930s, de Mille returned to the United States. She danced in her uncle's staging of Cleopatra in 1934, and she choreographed for the Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer film version of Romeo and Juliet in 1936. In 1940, she created her first ballet, Black Ritual. In 1943, she joined Rodgers and Hammerstein to create the musical Oklahoma! Throughout the 1950s, de Mille embarked on a variety of projects. In 1952, she published the first volume of her autobiography, Dance to the Piper. The following year, she founded the Agnes de Mille Theater. During the 1960s, de Mille continued to produce many memorable ballets, and published several more dance books. From 1973 to 1974, de Mille founded and toured with the Agnes de Mille Heritage Dance Theater. She suffered a stroke in 1975, but continued to be involved actively with artistic endeavors until her death in October 1993.

From the description of Agnes (George) de Mille scores 1865-1993, (bulk 1940-1988) (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 276931136


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