George Platt Lynes :: Maria Tallchief, born Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief, daughter of an Osage Indian chief as Eurydice in Balanchine’s Orpheus, 1948. 

As a muse to Balanchine in the late 1940s and the 1950s, she inspired some of his most enduring ballets. Among these early creations was Orpheus, the ballet that was instrumental in the creation of the New York City Ballet itself in 1948. Balanchine had choreographed the role of Eurydice on Tallchief.

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