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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Diana Gould

Throwback Thursday and Diana Gould

Born in London on November 12, 1912, Diana Rosamond Constance Grace Irene Gould studied dance with Marie Rambert. She was tall (5’6”), and apparently went through an awkward stage that earned her the nickname “Clumsina”. But she obviously outgrew her clumsiness, and Anna Pavlova described her as the only dancer she’d seen who “had a soul”.

Diana Gould danced with Marie Rambert’s company in the 1930s and briefly with George Ballanchine’s Les Ballets company in 1933. She declined his offer to join his new school in the United States. She worked with the Alicia Markova-Anton Dolin Company in 1935 and  with Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes. She also became an actress and model.

But she is probably best known as the wife of violinist Yehudi Menuhin. They met in 1944 when he was still married, but he courted her for three years and after his marriage ended, she finally agreed to marry him. After that she ended her own career and focused on helping him with his. He died in 1999.

Diana Gould wrote two autobiographies: Fiddler’s Moll in 1984 and A Glimpse of Olympus in 1996. She died on January 25, 2003.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #207:
“Diana Gould was a British ballerina and wife of violinist Yehudi Menuhin.”

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