Marjorie Tall Chief

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Marjorie Louise Tall Chief

Birthplace: Denver, Bremer County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Alexander Tall Chief and Ruth Mary Tallchief
Widow of George Skibine
Mother of Private and Private
Sister of Gerald Richard Tallchief and Maria Tallchief
Half sister of Frances E. Roberts; Alexander Joseph Tallchief, Jr.; Thomas Tallchief and Rouk Tallchief

Occupation: Ballet Dancer
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About Marjorie Tall Chief

Marjorie Louise Tallchief was a ballerina of the Osage Nation.

Tallchief was the first American Indian to be "première danseuse étoile" of the Paris Opera Ballet and performed with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. During her career she also performed for politicians such as John F. Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, and Lyndon B. Johnson. After her retirement from the stage, she acted as a dance director for the Dallas Ballet, the Chicago Ballet School and the Harid Conservatory until 1993.

In 1991 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In October 1997, Tallchief and her sister Maria, along with Moscelyne Larkin, Rosella Hightower, and Yvonne Chouteau, were named Oklahoma Treasures at the Governor's Arts Awards.

She has two children with her husband, director and choreographer George Skibine, and currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Marjorie Tall Chief's Timeline

Denver, Bremer County, Iowa, United States