Tanaquil LeClercq


Age: 71


Summary: French-born willowy ballerina who frequently and gracefully performed the works of Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, to whom she was once married, who contracted polio in 1956 at age 27 and became paralyzed from the waist down, in which Balanchine choreographed a short piece in which he played a character named Polio and she was his victim in an eerily prescient performance in 1944.



Cause of Death: Pneumonia


Born: October 2, 1929


Died: December 31, 2000


Location: Manhattan, New York