Tanaquil Le Clerq

Tanaquil Le Clercq and husband George Balanchine in an undated photo. They would divorce
1929 - 2000

Tanaquil Le Clerq  French Dancer


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Tanaquil Le Clerq passed away on 31st Dec 2000 aged 71.


Tanaquil Le Clerq was previously married to George Balanchine (1952).


French Dancer Tanaquil Le Clerq was born on 2nd October, 1929 in Paris, France and passed away on 31st Dec 2000 Manhattan, New York, USA aged 71. She is most remembered for Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

Tanaquil Le Clerq is a member of the following lists: School of American Ballet alumni, People with poliomyelitis and American people of French descent.


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First Name Tanaquil
Middle Name Le
Last Name Le Clercq
Maiden Name Le Clerq
Alternative Name Tanny, Tanaquil Le Clercq
Age 71 (age at death) years
Birthday 2nd October, 1929
Birthplace Paris, France
Died 31st December, 2000
Place of Death Manhattan, New York, USA
Cause of Death pneumonia
Build Slim
Zodiac Sign Libra
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality French
University School of American Ballet
Occupation Text Ballet Dancer
Occupation Dancer
Claim to Fame Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet
Official Websites www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8229266, www.the-ballet.com/leclercq.php

Tanaquil Le Clercq (/lɛ.klɛr/ le-clare; October 2, 1929 – December 31, 2000) was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. Her dancing career ended abruptly when she was stricken with polio in Copenhagen during the company's European tour in 1956. Eventually regaining most of the use of her arms and torso, she remained paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life.

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Tanaquil Le Clerq71 LibraDancer
George Balanchine79 AquariusDancer


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Tanaquil Le MasterJan 6, 2011

I am glad to know enough information about my second cousin, that I was named after her.

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