- NAME: Maria Tallchief
- OCCUPATION: Ballet Dancer
- BIRTH DATE: January 24, 1925
- DEATH DATE: April 11, 2013
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Fairfax, Oklahoma
- PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
- AKA: Betty Marie Tallchief
- Full Name: Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief
- AKA: Marie Tallchief
- AKA: Maria Tallchief
- AKA: Marie Tall Chief
- AKA: Maria Tall Chief
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Maria Tallchief was a revolutionary American ballerina who broke barriers for Native American women.
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Maria Tallchief died on April 11, 2013, at the age of 88, at a hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was survived by her daughter, Elise Paschen, her sister and fellow ballerina, Marjorie Tallchief, and two grandchildren.
Following her mother's death, Paschen made a statement about her legacy as a Native American ballet dancer, teacher and artistic director: "My mother was a ballet legend who was proud of her Osage heritage," she said. "Her dynamic presence lit up the room. I will miss her passion,
commitment to her art and devotion to her family. She raised the bar high and strove for excellence in everything she did."
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