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Ballet legend Maria Tallchief dies at 88

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CHICAGO (AP) — Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," ''Firebird," and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter, Elise Paschen, said Friday. Tallchief danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1942 to 1947, but her...

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