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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Harriet Toby

Throwback Thursday and Harriet Toby 

Harriet Joan Katzman was an American dancer born in Paris in 1929. She began her dance studies with Alexandre Volinine, then with Ludmilla Shollar, Anatole Vilzak and at SAB in New York.

Using her mother’s maiden name, she made her debut in the Markova-Dolin ballet The Seven Lively Arts revue in 1944. In 1946 she joined the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, and in 1948 Roland Petit’s Ballets de Paris. In 1949 she became a leading soloist with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas.

On March 3, 1952, Toby and 36 others were killed in a plane crash when their flight from Nice, France ran into a flock of migratory birds. In a final irony, the last ballet she danced (the night before) was the Spanish ballet Of Love and Death.

Harriet Toby is buried in Paris at Cimetière deu Père Lachaise.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #130:
“ Harriet Toby was a dancer/actress who died in a plane crash.”

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― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart

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