Margot Fonteyn

Author(s): Meredith Daneman


Margot Fonteyn, born plain Peggy Hookham, was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet- Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert. Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot's sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward. Yet her gifts were such that her pre-eminence would come to eclipse the careers of subsequent generations. Ballet is a fairytale world; if Margot, like the pure and poetic heroine of Swan Lake, was a natural Odette, she would also have to contend with virtue's raw shadow-side in the guise of Constant Lambert, Roberto Arias and Rudolph Nureyev, the men who, like Von Rothbart, were to take possession of her heart.


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Winner of Theatre Book Prize 2004.

Danemanas Margot Fonteyn has captured what few know: the heartbreak behind the heroine... the definitive book on this icon. (Toni Bentley, "The New York Times Book Review")

General Fields

  • : 9780140165302
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.497
  • : July 2005
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 41mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Illustrations, ports.
  • : Ballet; Biography & autobiography: film, television, music, theatre
  • : 704
  • : very good
  • : 792.8092
  • : English
  • : New edition
  • : Paperback
  • : Meredith Daneman