Margot Fonteyn(1919-1991), Ballet dancer
Dame Margot Fonteyn
Sitter in 47 portraits
Born Margaret Hookham in Reigate, in 1934 Margot attended the Vic-Wells Ballet School, and by the time she was twenty had danced the lead in three of the great classics: Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. She later joined Lilian Baylis's Sadlers Wells Company where she became emotionally involved with Constant Lambert (brother of the sculptor Maurice Lambert), who wrote Horoscope (1938) for her. She danced the lead in his Tiresias (1951). Fonteyn came out of semi-retirement to dance with Rudolf Nureyev at his debut with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, in 1962, and with him formed one of the greatest ballet partnerships of the twentieth century.
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- Hilda Hookham (née Fontes) (mother)